In a historic decision by the Supreme Court on June 26th, same-sex marriage is now legal across America. While the LGBT community rejoices with pride parades and the use of #LoveWins on social media, this ruling could have another impact on the health insurance industry in our country.
The ruling, in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act, makes it now possible for gay and lesbian employees to add their spouses to their company-provided health insurance plan. Also, insurance companies are now mandated to offer the same individual and group health plans to legally married same-sex couples.
While these effects address constitutional questions, some still have unanswered logistical questions.
Read more on Modern Healthcare's "Same-sex marriage ruling puts health benefits in spotlight" article by Lisa Schencker and Bob Herman.