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University of Wyoming covers insurance costs for domestic partners

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UW's decision to cover the insurance costs of domestic partners, Allen said, was made not for ideological reasons, but to ensure the school can compete for top faculty and administrative candidates.

Currently, only an employee's spouse and children are eligible for coverage under the state's health insurance.

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While there's been opposition to UW covering insurance costs for same sex partners, Allen said the university would also face criticism if it didn't extend such benefits.

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The vouchers will be paid for with revenue from UW's external research funding, most of which comes from the federal government, Allen said. No state funding is being used to fund the vouchers, he said.

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"The university is more of its own entity it's a state entity that we, in some respects, fund separately," state Sen. Bill Landen, R Casper, said. "I'm not saying that the other agencies wouldn't move in that direction, but I would suspect that [will] not [happen] anytime soon."We provide this community forum for readers to exchange ideas and opinions on the news of the day. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters.

Most large universities and Fortune 500 companies offer such benefits, Allen said, and several applicants for UW faculty and administrative positions have asked him about UW's policy. Besides UW, only two other schools in the Mountain WestConference Air Force and Boise State don't offer domestic partner insurance Nike Huarache Womens Gold

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But multiple state lawmakers said Friday that they don't expect to see that happen in the foreseeable future.

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State Rep. Cathy Connolly, D Laramie, a UW women's studies professor, said she knows at least one person who has already registered for the vouchers. The benefits of the program, she said, go far beyond making UW more attractive to potential recruits.

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As a result, Allen said, the university delayed starting the program until now, as the school is in comparatively good financial shape.

Allen estimated that 30 to 60 domestic partners will apply for the vouchers during the initial enrollment period, which ends Sept. 15.

Under the program, which launched Monday, domestic partners of UW employees can apply for a $600 per month voucher from the university to pay for an outside health insurance plan, said UW Provost Myron Allen. That's roughly the amount UW employees receive under the State of Wyoming's family group insurance plan.

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Though domestic partners still aren't covered under UW's health insurance program, it's the first time that a Wyoming state agency is compensating insurance costs for same sex partners of its workers.

The UW Board of Trustees narrowly voted in favor of the voucher program in 2009, about the same time Gov. Dave Freudenthal announced 10 percent budget cuts for UW and most state agencies.

Starting this week, the University of Wyoming began offering health insurance vouchers to domestic partners of school faculty and employees including same sex partners.

When the voucher program was approved in 2009, several legislators worried that it would open the door to offering insurance benefits for same sex partners of all state employees.

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