Senate Staffers Alerted to Extended Benefits in Wake of DOMA Decision
From: PAY&BENEFITS (Disbursing)
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 02:33 PM
Subject: Extension of Federal Beneftis to Legally Married Same-Sex Spouses and their Families
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On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Therefore, numerous Federal Employee Benefits may now be extended to legally married same-sex spouses and (step)children.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is giving Federal Employees in legal Same-Sex Marriages until August 26, 2013 to update their federal benefits and same-sex spouses of federal employees to apply for Long Term Care Insurance coverage with Abbreviated Underwriting.
Please see the Memorandum From OPM
providing Guidance on the Extension of these Benefits and a more detailed explanation.
To make a change to:
Health and Life Insurance
Make changes with the Disbursing Office
Dental and Vision Insurance
Make changes directly with FEDVIP
Long Term Care Insurance
Enroll directly with LTCFEDS
Flexible Spending Accounts
Make changes directly with FSAFEDS
Please also note that OPM states “additional guidance regarding these and other benefits will be coming soon.”
The Disbursing Office will update Senate Staff as new guidance is issued.
If you have any questions, please call the Employee Benefits Section at (202) 224-1093.