Knowledgebase/FAQ: Benefits
When will same-sex spouses be allowed to enroll in UT plans?
Posted by Elizabeth Corrales on 30 June 2015 11:08 AM

06/29/2015 From the UT Office of Employee Benefits (OEB)

We are pleased to announce that following the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Chancellor, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel (OGC), has approved a proposal to amend the UT System Employee Group Insurance Program plan documents, vendor contracts, and policies to allow benefits eligible employees and retired employees to enroll their same-sex spouses, as well as dependent children of these spouses, in all self-funded Program health and dental coverages and services currently available to opposite-sex spouses.

The plan amendment will take effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.  That day, under the OEB policies on mid-year enrollments due to a change in status, UT benefits offices may begin enrolling same-sex spouses of benefits eligible employees and retired employees in all self-funded coverages upon application and presentation of a valid marriage certificate. Benefits eligible employees and retirees who enter into valid same-sex marriages after July 1 may enroll after they receive their marriage certificates.

We are also working to confirm that similar changes can be made with our vendors who offer our Program dental coverage, vision coverage, and life and accident insurance coverage on a fully insured basis.  We hope to confirm by July 1 that the policies issued in connection with all of the full-insured coverages have been  amended and that these coverages can also be made available for enrollment on that date. If not, we will offer affected individuals who wish to enroll in the fully-insured coverages a separate special opportunity to enroll those coverages as soon as possible.

Employees and retired employees will be eligible for premium sharing for same-sex spouses on the same basis as premium sharing is available for opposite-sex spouses and will be responsible for payment of the same out-of-pocket premium charged for similarly situated opposite-sex spouses. Premium payments for same-sex spouse coverage will be payable through premium reduction under the UT System Cafeteria Plan in the same way to reduce employer and employee taxes.

OEB is diligently working on programming changes and developing new forms and policies to implement these changes.  We are also working with OGC to create additional communications that will help benefits offices and benefits eligible employees and retired employees understand these changes.

We look forward to working with you on this change to the UT System Employee Group Insurance Program.