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Missouri public schools insurer to offer coverage to same-sex spouses, families

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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EducationPlus' Cooperating School District Insurance Trust currently provides insurance benefits to 16,000 school employees, retirees, spouses and dependents in 26 area school districts. [...]

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Blue Cross extends coverage to married same-sex couples in Alabama

Sunday, December 14, 2014
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Despite Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage, the coverage extends to those married out-of-state in order to comply with a federal rule. [...]

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Man sues Edinboro University insurer over denial of death benefits

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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The domestic partner of former Edinboro University official is suing the school and an insurance company for denying him his deceased partner's life insurance benefits. [...]

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Lincoln, Neb., mayor approves benefits for city workers’ same-sex spouses

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler has approved changes that will allow same-sex spouses of city employees to receive health insurance and other benefits. [...]

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Widow of R.I. gay marriage advocate wins previously denied survivor benefits

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Patricia Baker, 54, right, a Rhode Island corrections officer, testifies in favor of gay marriage rights before a Senate committee at the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Thursday, March 10, 2011 as her wife, Deborah Tevyaw, weeps at left.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The widow of a woman who pushed to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island before she died of cancer will be entitled to her Social Security benefits after a yearslong fight to get them, an advocacy group said Thursday. [...]

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LGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Jim Albaugh picks basil leaves to from a plant in his window while cooking dinner at the west side Manhattan apartment that he shares with two roommates in New York. Albaugh is among the thousands of gay and lesbian baby boomers confronting a retirement of greater financial hardship than his straight peers.
For many LGBT baby boomers, decades of workplace discrimination impaired their earning power. The AIDS crisis caused lasting financial and psychological damage, particularly for gay men. And legal pitfalls within Social Security, the cornerstone in any senior’s financial planning, have left gay boomers ill-equipped for retirement. [...]

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Financial tips for same-sex couples: plan ahead, know your local laws

Sunday, November 30, 2014
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Gay and lesbian individuals are less prepared financially for retirement than their straight counterparts, according to an exclusive analysis by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. LGBT adults are likely to have less in retirement savings and have less access to Social Security benefits from spouses. [...]

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ACLU files lawsuit against Ozark, Mo., fire district for denying spousal benefits

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ozark, Mo., fire department captain seeking spousal benefits for same-sex couples. [...]

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Springfield, Mo., school district grants benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Married same-sex couples will be eligible for health benefits from the Springfield school district, starting Dec. 1. [...]

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Judge overturns Michigan ban on domestic partner benefits

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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DETROIT -- A judge has thrown out a Michigan law that bars public schools and local governments from offering benefits to same-sex partners. [...]

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