Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed separate health reform bills and the job of combining these measures into a final version now lies in the hands of a few key lawmakers. Contact Senator Schumer today!

For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families, a critical difference between the two bills is the tax treatment of employer-sponsored health benefits. Today, when a worker adopts employer health coverage for his or her partner, that individual pays taxes on the value of those benefits. Those same benefits are tax-free to workers who cover opposite-sex spouses and dependents. This is fundamentally unfair and violates the principle of equal pay for equal work.

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