Missouri state workers’ health plan expanded to include same-sex spouses

Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City. LGBTQ Nation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri‘s health care and retirement plans are expanding coverage to same-sex spouses following a recent court ruling.

Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

The Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan says it will enroll same-sex spouses of state employees and retirees who have valid marriage licenses from other states.

The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System says it will offer survivor benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

Those decisions come after a Jackson County Circuit judge ruled last week that Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere – even though the Missouri Constitution forbids gay marriage.

Attorney General Chris Koster decided not to appeal.

The state health care plan covers 96,500 people, including state employees and retirees and their spouses and children. The retirement plan covers 41,000 retirees and more than 50,000 current employees.

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