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Greenburgh to Drop Same-Sex Partnership Coverage

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Greenburgh is expected to revoke health coverage for same-sex partners during the next Town Board meeting Wednesday.

The decision follows a recent letter from the provider of the New York State Health Insurance Program, the Empire Plan, determining that the town either extend the benefit to opposite-sex partners or drop it altogether.

The Empire Plan will withdraw its coverage if the town does not comply, said Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.

“Our policy was in violation to their own policies,” he said.

More than 10 years ago, the town decided to offer domestic partnership coverage for same-sex couples because they couldn’t get married, Feiner said. Now that same-sex marriage became legal in the state the benefit is no longer necessary, he said.

He pointed out, however, that right now the cancellation won’t affect any couple.

“We don’t have any employee taking advantage of that benefit,” he said.

The Empire Act identified the non-compliance during an internal audit, said Town Controller Bart J. Talamini. He was not sure, however, why it happened only now considering the time the benefit has been effective.

“It shows that they haven’t been doing audits every year,” Talamini said.

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