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Bill To Extend COBRA Benefits Introduced Into Congress

A bill to extend equal COBRA health benefits to LGBT families was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY). The Washington Blade reports on the legislation, known as Equal Access to COBRA Act.

Hor In a statement, Boxer highlighted the necessity of passing the legislation to help ensure LGBT people have health care coverage.

“All of our families deserve equal access to health insurance,” Boxer said. “This bill would help ensure that domestic partners and their families will be able to keep their health coverage if their partner loses their job.”

The measure would apply to companies that already offer health coverage to employees with same-sex partners to ensure they have access to Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act benefits if they lose their job.

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, praised the introduction of the legislation.

“In these troubled economic times, social safety-net benefits like COBRA continuation coverage are even more important to American families,” Solmonese said. “LGBT people should have the equal ability to maintain those critical benefits for their families during difficult times.”

According to Boxer’s office, more than half of Fortune 500 companies cover domestic partners under their health plans.

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  1. My state, Massachusetts, will pay a good portion of your COBRA premiums as a benefit if you're unemployed. Don't know if other states do this. Otherwise, COBRA premiums are ridiculously prohibitive for 95% of people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 13, 2011 3:14:52 PM


  2. Bet $20 the GOP will fight like hell to keep this bill down!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Mar 13, 2011 4:32:23 PM


  3. Whenever something like this gets introduced all the GOP hears is blah, blah, blah, fags, blah, blah, special rights, blah, blah, blah.
    Any gay person that votes for a Republican, even for dog catcher, is an enemy of our community and should be shunned. Sadly, any such bill will go nowhere fast.

    Posted by: RWG | Mar 13, 2011 5:18:51 PM


  4. Glad to hear this bill is before congress. I consider myself pretty well informed and prepared, but I hadn't thought of this issue—I currently rely on my husband's insurance, so it would be a big issue for us if he lost his job for some reason.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 14, 2011 12:57:24 AM


  5. The tyranny of open and aggressive hatred of queers has been replaced by the tyranny of liberal "baby steps" to infinity.

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH. There are literally millions of these tiny little tweeks they can make the system. It's not equality. This strategy of minor tweeks drawn out over decades serves ONLY ONE PURPOSE: to keep queers unequal, but chained to the Democrats, for as long as possible

    Full equality NOW. Not in 50 years.

    The Democrats are definitely smart. Here's a simple lesson about American politics, fags:

    An oppressed group rises to demand equality. Before they get big and loud enough to do real damage, the Democrats step in as usual and take over the movement, introducing tiny insignificant changes (but only after years of begging) and then congratulate themselves as "LGBT rights advocates". The result: queers stop fighting back because the Democrats have saved us (even though nothing has significantly changed), the Democrats get our money and our votes, and gay kids keep hanging themselves from trees. Until the next big tragedy spurs LGBT to remember that we're still oppressed and the Democrats are partly responsible. The Democrats then turn loose their lavendar watchdogs, who go out into the community and do damage control and PR. Fags are quieted once more when the next election and all the usual cliches are regurgitated ("this is the most important election of our lives! D means drive forward, R means reverse!"

    Repeat ad nauseum.

    Posted by: PinkoCommie | Mar 14, 2011 5:39:36 PM


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