The bill, signed into law by Governor Angus King on June 1, will extend the coverage requirements beginning next January, according to the Bureau of National Affairs Labor Report.
The new law defines “domestic partner” as a:
- mentally competent adult
- legally domiciled with the health plan member for at least 12 months
- not legally married or legally separated from another individual
- the sole partner of the health plan member.
Insurers can require documentation from policyholders and their domestic partners, including signed affidavits. And after terminating a domestic partnership, a health plan member may not enroll a new member for at least 12 months.