October 15, 2014
Update on Same Sex Marriage Ruling on State Health Plan
and NC Retirement Systems
On October 10, 2014, a federal court overturned North
Carolina's law regarding same gender marriage, recognizing same sex marriages
as legal in North Carolina. This ruling now makes same sex spouses of State
Health Plan members eligible for State Health Plan coverage.
This ruling is considered a qualifying life event and
eligible spouses will have 30 days to add their spouse. A marriage certificate
will be necessary to verify the spouse is an eligible member. The effective
date of coverage will be November 1, 2014.
Beyond this initial 30 days, marriage is a qualifying
life event and members will have 30 days to add a spouse to their health plan
Employees should see their Health Benefits Representative
for assistance in enrolling an eligible spouse.
Additionally, retirees could previously name their own
beneficiary, so the ruling does not have a practical effect on the North
Carolina Retirement Systems.