Dallas County approves domestic partner benefits

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 5:15 PM

DALLAS - In a 3-2, party-line vote, Dallas County Commissioners approved a proposal that will give partners and dependents of county employees access to health care benefits.

The plan will give employees access to a monthly subsidy that goes towards health insurance benefits for both same-sex and opposite-sex partners when employees provide proof that they have lived with their partner for at least six months.

Employees can use that subsidy to purchase a private insurance policy.

County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioners John Wiley Price and Elba Garcia voted for the benefits, with Republican Commissioners Mike Cantrell and Maurine Dickey opposing.

 

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