Important Changes to the Same-Sex Domestic Partner Program
(From the Spring 2016 Take 2)
In June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot prohibit the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As a result, the right to marry now applies to same- sex couples nationwide.
After considering the impact of that decision and the approaches taken by the other entertainment industry funds, the Trustees of the Screen Actors Guild Producers-Pension and Health Plans will no longer offer the domestic partner program. Effective January 1, 2017, the Health Plan will only recognize legally married spouses as qualified dependents. This means that in order to continue coverage for your same-sex domestic partner after January 1, 2017, you must be legally married. A copy of your recorded marriage certificate filed with the state must be submitted to the Health Plan within 30 days of the recording date for your same-sex domestic partner to continue coverage after January 1, 2017.
During Open Enrollment you may also make changes to your covered dependents by providing the required documents as outlined in the 2013 Health Plan Summary Plan Description and on the New Dependent Form.
If you have any questions, please contact the Participant Services department Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time at (800) 777-4013.