PA State Benefits Board Extends Health Care to Domestic Partners

May 20, 2009 ( - Domestic partners of Pennsylvania state employees will soon be eligible for state employer-sponsored health care benefits.

The Pennsylvania Employees Benefits Trust Fund agreed on the policy, which goes into effect in July. It provides full medical coverage for domestic partners who have lived together at least six months, as well as their children, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

To be eligible, the news report said employees must show three forms of proof that they are living together, such as a property deed or lease, power-of-attorney documents, or identification showing the same address.

The news report noted that 15 other states offer similar benefits, as does the City of Philadelphia and the 27 Fortune 500 companies whose headquarters are in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Employee Benefits Trust Fund administers benefits for 81,000 current employees and 60,000 retired employees.