NY Hospital Faces Suit Over Same-Sex Health Benefits

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT) -- An employee of New York-based St. Joseph's Medical Center filed a proposed class action Tuesday claiming the hospital and health insurer Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield illegally denied health benefits to her same-sex spouse, in what is believed to be the first such case against a private employer.

The suit, brought by two anonymous plaintiffs, says the hospital employee, who married her same-sex partner after the October passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, was denied medical benefits coverage for her partner because St. Joseph’s health...
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