LGBT Employees and Benefits: Impact of Marriage Equality

A year after the Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality ruling (Obergefell v. Hodges, June 2015), Lincoln Financial surveyed LGBT employees about their benefits. Since the ruling, 28% of the LGBT community overall, and 35% of those married or in a domestic partnership have reevaluated their workplace benefits, enrolled in a new benefit, or increased their contribution to an existing benefit. Thirty percent are making changes to their workplace benefits as a result of the ruling. But 50% are still unaware of how the ruling affects their benefits. Thirty-eight percent of LGBT employees who are married or in a domestic partnership are not aware how the marriage equality ruling affects their workplace benefits. The study also finds the following:

  • 14% of LGBT employees who are married or in a domestic partnership have enrolled in a new non-medical insurance plan.
  • 11% of LGBT employees have enrolled in a new health insurance plan.
  • 7% LGBT employees have made changes to their retirement plan by enrolling in a new plan or increasing contributions.
  • 51% of LGBT employees would like to speak with someone about their benefits.

For more information, visit http://newsroom.lfg.com/mood-of-america-special-report

Exchange Reaches Out To Lesbian, Bisexual And Transgender Consumers

Covered California has launched billboard and print advertising to reach the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community throughout the state. LGBT focused billboards have been placed in the Bay Area, San Diego, and Los Angele. Print ads are also running in the largest LGBT focused publications. The LGBT campaign will complement Covered California’s general advertising effort that is already serving California’s diverse communities. For more information, visit www.CoveredCA.com.

Last Updated 06/23/2021

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