The OSU proposal has three program elements. Starting Oct. 1, same-sex partners of faculty and staff and their children may be enrolled into the faculty/staff medical, dental and vision plans with the same subsidies given to spouses and children. Graduate associates will be able to enroll the same group of dependents into student health plans starting Sept. 15.
The second program element, which takes effect Jan. 1, will allow faculty and staff to enroll other sponsored dependents into medical/dental and vision plans, but without a subsidy. Individuals eligible for this plan are opposite-sex partners, relatives by blood, grandparents-in-law, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law who meet eligibility requirements.
The third plan element will allow students to enroll domestic partners and children starting Jan. 3.
In order to be eligible, applicants must complete an affidavit stating they have lived with the individual for at least six months and are financially dependent.
1) The time-line is different for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
2) Oposite-sex partners are not subsidized.
3) They have all the good intentions in the world, but they implemented it very poorly.