Washington state's new domestic partnership law goes into effect today, creating new insurance rights for nearly 13,000 people in our state.
For most insurance coverage, it's pretty straightforward; wherever your policy says "spouse" it must also cover state-registered domestic partners. But if you're partner hasn't been named on your policy you'll need to contact your insurance company directly to make sure they're covered.
Here's a list of commonly asked questions about the new law and insurance.
Health insurance is less cut and dry. If your employer self insures -- meaning they don't have a private insurance plan -- state laws don't apply. If you're not sure what type of health plan you have, we can help. Call us at 1-800-562-6900 and we'll help you sort it out.