McDonnell halts plan to extend health benefits to same-sex partners
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said today that he discontinued his predecessor's proposal to allow same-sex partners to be covered under the state's employee health plan on the advice of the attorney general's office.
"The bottom line is if there is going to be a change in those kind of policies it appears as though it has to be done by the General Assembly,'' he told reporters.
The proposal, first developed weeks before former Democratic Gov, Tim Kaine left office, would have expanded benefits to qualified adults who live in the same house as an insured state employee. Those adults could have included heterosexual and homosexual partners, roommates, children and other family members, such as an aunt or grandfather.
McDonnell said Virginians should not read anything into his decision except that he recently received advice from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli indicating that the "proposed regulation suffers from numerous procedural and substantive defects."
State officials said late last year that they hoped to offer the expanded benefit at no additional expense to the state because employees would be required to pay the entire cost.
February 1, 2010; 8:05 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine
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