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  Dallas County becomes first in TX to approve domestic partner insurance benefits
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News DateTuesday, October 30, 2012 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe gay and straight domestic partners of Dallas County employees will soon be eligible for a $300 monthly subsidy from the county to help pay for health insurance.

The County Commissioners Court voted 3-2 along party lines Tuesday morning to offer the subsidy to employees who have same- or opposite-sex domestic partners who do not have insurance through other means. The subsidy will be equal to the amount the county contributes to an employee’s health insurance.

County Judge Clay Jenkins, and Commissioners Dr. Elba Garcia and John Wiley Price, who comprise the court’s Democratic majority, voted in favor of offering the domestic partner subsidy. Republican Commissioners Mike Cantrell and Maurine Dickey voted against it.

Jenkins and Garcia, who spearheaded the initiative, had initially hoped to offer domestic partner benefits through the Public Employee Benefits Cooperative, a multi-county partner agency, but other members — including Denton and Tarrant counties — would not allow it.
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