U of Central Florida May Offer Domestic Partner Benefits To Employees

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Employees at the University of Central Florida would get help paying for health insurance for gay partners under a new program that UCF's board of trustees is expected to approve Thursday. .

The change is, in part, designed to help UCF recruit and retain top faculty, officials said. Many higher-education institutions nationwide — including Valencia College, Rollins College and Stetson University in Central Florida — already offer some sort of health insurance benefit for domestic partners.

Under UCF's plan, employees could receive a stipend every other week to help offset the cost of private health insurance for same-sex partners. Because state health plans do not offer coverage for partners, they must acquire it elsewhere.

The benefit would not be offered to opposite-sex domestic partners because state law allows them to marry, university spokesman Chad Binette said. The university has long offered insurance to employees' heterosexual spouses.

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