Committee backs ending health care coverage for domestic partners of public employees

The committee voted 12-4 along party lines to go along with Gov. Scott Walker’s call to end providing domestic partner benefits to state and local public employees.
The move would end all health insurance coverage for partners and dependents of domestic partners effective Jan. 1, 2018.
The move is expected to save nearly $4.5 million in general purpose revenue through reduced healthcare costs for state employees and another nearly $2.4 million for coverage of domestic partners of UW System employees, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Walker argued there was no longer a need to provid...

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