[Vision2020] Simple solution to domestic partner health coverage?

Scott Dredge sdredge at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 21 13:26:15 PST 2007

Thanks Tom!  I hope this works out well for everyone!


----- Original Message ----
From: Tom Hansen <idahotom at hotmail.com>
To: Scott Dredge <sdredge at yahoo.com>; viz <vision2020 at moscow.com>
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 5:44:15 AM
Subject: RE: [Vision2020] Simple solution to domestic partner health coverage?

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Mr. Dredge -


You are simply echoing those same sentiments expressed by the City Attorney reflected in the recording of the City Council session of December 17, 2007, available at:




It is just like I had stated here on the Viz a few days ago at:




"Apparently what some people fail to grasp is the simplicity of this issue.

Blue Shield offers insurance to individuals and their domestic partners
(Blue Shield's term, NOT Mayor Chaney's).  Domestic partners of city
employees may now be eligible for insurance coverage under Blue Shield if
they meet BLUE SHIELD'S CRITERIA AS A DOMESTIC PARTNER, as discussed within
the committee's report available at:


It really is just that simple."


Tom Hansen

Moscow, Idaho



> Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 00:49:33 -0800
> From: sdredge at yahoo.com
> To: vision2020 at moscow.com
> Subject: [Vision2020] Simple solution to domestic partner health coverage?
> Vizzers,
> Isn't there a simple solution to all the hubbub surrounding proposed domestic partner health coverage for members of the Moscow local government as well as at the University of Idaho? Can't these entities - without specifically listing this in their own benefits guide - just offer health plans from Blue Cross, etc. that as part of their business practice offer domestic partner coverage? I'm no constitutional lawyer, but it seems to me that if a multinational insurance company already offers benefits for domestic partners and that if an Idaho local or state entity offers this policy to their employees, there isn't a legal conflict. In short, would a company incorporated outside of the state of Idaho be breaking Idaho law by offering what they define as domestic partner benefits to an Idaho state employee and that employee's qualifying (under the company's policy) domestic partner?
> -Scott
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