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AZ Same-Sex Partners Entitled to Health Benefits

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction that had blocked a 2009 Arizona state law from taking effect, which would have eliminated health insurance coverage for same-sex partners of state employees. Arizona must therefore continue to provide health benefits to partners of government workers.

The law, signed by Governor Jan Brewer in September of 2009, would have eliminated health coverage for same-sex domestic partners; heterosexual domestic partners; adult children (ages 18-22) who are not full-time students, including disabled adult dependents; and any adult children over the age of 22. The passage of the ACA has forced the state to cover most of these groups. Only opposite-sex partners lost their benefits in January 2011.

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