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New Mexico college employees' domestic partners to get benefits.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Unmarried domestic partners of faculty and staff at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute are now eligible for insurance benefits.

The governing board has voted 6-1 to change the policy of Albuquerque's community college to allow such benefits.

The benefits to domestic partners, of the same or opposite sex, will be identical to those offered to spouses and dependents of married employees.

In May, the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority, which provides health insurance to TVI, agreed to permit broader coverage.

The University of New Mexico has made health insurance available to employees' domestic partners for a decade. Albuquerque began offering unmarried domestic partner benefits in 2000, and the state's largest school district, the Albuquerque Public Schools, agreed to benefits for unmarried domestic partners in June.
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Publication:Community College Week
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Date:Aug 2, 2004
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