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How do I know if domestic partners are covered under my plan?

To find out if domestic partners are covered under your plan, check directly with your health insurer or human resources department before enrolling in the plan, if possible, to ensure your partner will be covered.  The government defines domestic partners as "two people of the same or opposite sex who live together and share a domestic life, but aren't married or joined by a civil union." In some states, domestic partners are guaranteed some legal rights, like hospital visitation. Ask about how your employer’s plan verifies eligibility for your partner; usually this verification process includes providing formal documentation or evidence of joint bank accounts or property ownership or lease.

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