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Domestic Partner Coverages

Discontinuation of Domestic Partner Benefits Program

At the October 9, 2015, meeting of the Indiana University Board of Trustees, a resolution was passed discontinuing the domestic partner benefits program in light of the June 26, 2015, ruling of the United States Supreme Court giving same-sex couples a constitutional right to marry.

To provide adequate time for employees to plan for this change, the program has been phased out over 2016 and will end effective December 31, 2016.

Continuing Coverage

If you have married your same-sex domestic partner you can reenroll them as your spouse on your medical and dental plans during Open Enrollment.

COBRA Continuation Coverage

While continuation of health care coverage is not required under federal COBRA laws, Indiana University will provide such coverage under the same terms that would apply to an employee's spouse and children.  A registered domestic partner and/or children of the domestic partner enrolled in IU-sponsored health plan have 60 days from the date that eligibility for coverage ends to enroll in COBRA coverage. They can maintain COBRA coverage for up to 18 months. 

Learn more about COBRA coverage.


For questions about Domestic Partner benefits contact IU Human Resources ( or 812-856-1234) or a campus HR office.