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INSURANCE FOR JACK AND BILL

The trend of extending medical benefits to partners of gay employees is gaining steam, but few insurers offer policies. That puts small business at a disadvantage in a tight labor market, since big companies, which either self-insure or have greater clout in negotiating their coverage, can use the benefits to compete for gay talent. Legal pressure could grow, too. Starting June 1, San Francisco will require city contractors to extend coverage to all registered domestic partners of employees. New York City is considering similar legislation. For help finding an insurer, call gay rights group Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund (212 809-8585) or benefits consultant, Hollywood Supports (213 655-7705).

EDITED BY EDITH UPDIKE


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