Insurance Program Files Lawsuit Against Benefits Plan

Insurance Program Files Lawsuit Against Benefits Plan

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City's insurance carrier has filed a lawsuit because of a plan to provide health benefits to the domestic partners of city employees.

The Public Employees Health Program filed the lawsuit yesterday, saying Utah law is too ambiguous to know if the plan is legal.

Last week, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson signed an executive order giving domestic-partner benefits to employees, including same-sex couples.

An attorney for the insurance carrier says the purpose of the lawsuit is to clarify the law in order to follow it.

P-E-H-P asked Third District Judge Stephen L- Roth to quickly rule on the petition since Anderson wants to provide the benefits by November First.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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