|Plan Changes - Opposite-Sex and Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships|
The Plan was amended on March 3, 2015 in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor.
In short, the Plan's provisions have been updated to allow for individuals in same-sex relationships to be treated as married under federal law under certain circumstances, as follows:
1. A Participant is married, or
2. A Participant has a partner, the partnership is registered as a Domestic Partnership or a Civil Union by the state, city or county, and the Participant has jointly signed the Plan's affidavit of Domestic Partnership, or
3. A Participant has a partner, and the Participant has jointly signed the Plan's affidavit of Domestic Partnership with their partner.
Please note that all partnerships, whether registered in the state, city, or county, or not, must jointly sign the Plan's affidavit of Domestic Partnership. Issues of taxation apply to a dependent's coverage, and the Plan's affidavit of Domestic Partnership has been updated to allow for proper taxation. Please read the Summary Plan Description (SPD) posted on phbp.org for full detail surrounding this provision.
The Plan was further amended on May 12, 2015 to eliminate the requirement that one or both opposite-sex domestic partners be age 62 or older. Again, please read the SPD posted on phbp.org for full detail surrounding this provision.