State Panel Discusses Domestic Partner Plan

Regulations that would move Nevada's state health insurance plan toward offering benefits to domestic partners, including those of the same sex, saw little comment at a meeting Thursday.

The rules were discussed briefly at a workshop during a meeting of the board of the Public Employees' Benefits Program. They are expected to be finalized by the panel in May.

They would have to win approval from the Legislative Commission,
a panel of lawmakers that reviews proposed state regulations to
ensure they conform with legislative intent, before they could take
effect.

But it will be up to Gov. Jim Gibbons and the Legislature to decide whether to pay the estimated $3 million cost to extend health insurance benefits.

Without funding appropriated by the 2009 Legislature to subsidize the expansion of the health insurance to domestic partners, the expansion will not take place, said Leslie Johnstone, executive officer of the benefits program.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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