US Government orders insurers to provide equal coverage to gay married couples

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Health insurance providers in the US will be as of next year required to provide equal cover for married gay and lesbian couples, the federal government has said.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced that as of 2015, health insurance providers offering coverage to opposite-sex married couples, must also offer the same coverage to those in same-sex marriages.

This latest change comes from last year’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which it found to be unconstitutional.

The new rules apply to all plans which meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act, and which are certified by the state.