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New healthcare rights, thanks to DOMA ruling
Modern Healthcare

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling this morning striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is expected to have a major impact on health coverage and other benefits for legally married same-sex partners of federal employees and members of the military, as well as on tax treatment for private health coverage. The law had barred the government from treating same-sex partners as married, raising the cost of healthcare for same-sex couples and denying them eligibility for federally guaranteed rights such as medical and family leave, and, in some cases, Medicare eligibility.