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Judge says denying benefits to same sex spouse is discriminatory

A federal judge in California ordered another court to pay the health insurance costs of an employee’s same sex spouse, in a finding that called denial of equal benefits to the couple discriminatory. It’s still not clear whether the ruling will actually result in payments for the court employee’s spouse,…

New York unions sue over retiree health-care change

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – Seven New York state unions filed federal lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to prevent Governor Andrew Cuomo from increasing the amount that retired workers pay for health care. The increases enacted this year were unconstitutional because the state has no authority to unilaterally raise retirees’ health-care…

Health insurance costs up 9 percent in year: study

WASHINGTON — Company-provided health insurance, one of the largest costs of US businesses and households alike, rose nine percent over the past year despite the sluggish economy, according to a new study released Tuesday. The average cost for employer-provided family health care insurance has hit $15,073 a year, a burden…

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