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HHS: Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples

in WORLD, 16/03/2014

The Obama Administration on Friday released new guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against same-sex spouses who wish to purchase health coverage as a family.

The policy, posted online by the Department of Health and Human Services, takes effect next year and applies to plans offered in the new health insurance exchanges, as well to many – but not all – individual and employer plans offered outside that marketplace.

The administration acted after gays and lesbians complained that they’re not sure how the rules of the new insurance exchanges apply to them – particularly in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage.

Under the guidance, any insurance company that offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses through the marketplace cannot choose to deny that same coverage to legally married same-sex couples.

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