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Reminder: Benefits eligibility for same-sex domestic partners ends Dec. 31

Oct. 5, 2016, 3:00 PM

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Open Enrollment for your 2017 benefits is right around the corner. Are you ready?

HR wants to remind employees of adjustments to our benefits program eligibility.

Following the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to legally marry in all U.S. states, we communicated during Open Enrollment last fall and again in February that same-sex domestic partners and/or their children who they have not legally adopted will no longer be considered eligible dependents for benefits coverage beginning in January 2017.

Because same-sex marriage is now legal and performed in all U.S. states, married same-sex couples are eligible for the same benefits and tax advantages as other married couples. For the remainder of 2016, Vanderbilt will continue to offer unmarried same-sex domestic partners and their children access to Vanderbilt benefits programs, including insurance plans and tuition assistance. However, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Vanderbilt employees will only be able to cover dependents including spouses, natural, step- and adopted children and other qualified dependents with required documentation in Vanderbilt benefits.

Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 17 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31. Elections are effective Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2017, unless you have a qualifying event.

If you have specific questions, contact Human Resources.

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