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SAME SEX MARRIAGE BENEFITS - On 26 June 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. As a result, we will now be able to extend benefits to Federal employees and annuitants who have legally married a spouse of the same sex.
Employees and annuitants will have 60 days from 26 June 2013 to 26 August 2013 to make immediate changes to their curent health, life, dental/vision, long-term care enrollment, Retirement and Flexible Spending Accounts. Enrollees will continue to be eligible to make changes to their coverage options during the Open Season later this year.
Current employees must provide a certified copy of their marital certificate, from a state that recognizes same sex marriage to the HRO. Currently, EBIS will not process same sex benefits enrollments and employees must call ABC-C at 1-877-276-9287, request "Option 3" to speak with a National Guard counselor. Annuitants (retirees) must request their benefits elections through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
UPDATE: OPM has provided notice of a two-year opportunity for annuitants who are in legal same-sex marriages to elect survivor annuities for their spouse under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS). This opportunity will expire on 26 June 2015. Additional information can be found here.
The MEMO from OPM has additional information. Please call the HRO Benefits Section for additional information and questions.