Columbus city employees to receive domestic partner benefits

Columbus, Ohio, City Council voted Monday night to extend health care benefits to unmarried domestic partners of city employees.

This legislation provides health coverage for “an adult with whom the covered employee shares a permanent residence” and who can prove they are “financially interdependent with the employee.”

City employees will be required to sign an affidavit stating they have been in an exclusive relationship with their domestic partner for at least six months to access the benefits.

“We will finally have health care for all of our employees that is fair and equitable,” Councilwoman Charleta B. Tavares said to the Columbus Dispatch.

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