Benefits for same-sex spouses

As a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Georgia Regents Health System benefits plans will now allow for coverage of same-sex spouses.

The following is a letter from Susan Norton, GRU’s Vice President of Human Resources and chief human resources officer, regarding the recent change.

“As a result of the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, Georgia Regents Health System has made the necessary changes to our benefits plans to allow for coverage of same-sex spouses.

Employees who want to make a benefits enrollment change to add a same-sex spouse to their benefits coverage will be able to do so beginning July 13, 2015. The enrollment period will be extended beyond the normal 30 days to Sept. 1, 2015, to allow additional time to process the changes for employees/retirees who were married in a state that recognized same-sex marriages prior to June 26, 2015, the date the change became effective in the state of Georgia. Anyone married on or after June 26, 2015, will follow the 30-day change-of-status window currently provided by the IRS.

Information about how to enroll and required documentation will be available on the Georgia Regents Medical Center website beginning Monday, July 13, atย go.gru.edu/specialenrollment.

Georgia Regents Medical Center and Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals employees, if you have questions, please feel free to contact the Medical Center Benefits office at 706-721-7909 or by email at GRMCBenefits@gru.edu.

Georgia Regents Medical Associates employees, if you have questions, please feel free to contact the Medical Associates Benefits office for enrollment information.”

Sincerely,

Susan Norton
VP Human Resources, CHRO
Georgia Regents University & Health System

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