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Guidelines Released by Illinois Dept. of Insurance for Civil Union Spouses

By Nottage and Ward on June 22, 2011

On May 26, the Illinois Department of Insurance released information for insurance companies and consumers regarding the “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act,” which took effect on June 1. The Act permits unmarried adults in Illinois to enter into a civil union, and grants them much of the same legal rights that the law gives to married couples in the state.

On its website, http://www.insurance.illinois.gov, the Department published new information that explains the law’s impact on insurance coverage and benefits. A fact sheet for consumers contains frequently asked questions that cover such aspects of the new law as how to enroll a civil union spouse under an employer’s health plan. The Department also offers guidelines for Illinois insurance companies to help ensure that they comply with the new law and give policyholders information they need to know about the new law. Illinois residents with questions can visit the Department’s website or call one of the Department’s insurance experts at 866-445-5326.

At Nottage and Ward, our Chicago civil union lawyers are prepared to answer any questions you may have if you are considering entering into a civil union in Illinois. We understand the intricacies of the new law and can help you understand the financial matters and other legal issues that relate to civil unions. Call our law offices at 312-332-2915 to find out how our attorneys can assist you today.

Over the next few weeks, our blog will feature an informational series that will thoroughly explain the insurance benefits granted to civil union spouses using information provided by the Illinois Department of Insurance. Continue to check back with our blog to learn more!

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