Positive Effects on State of Alaska From Domestic Partnership Benefits
By M.V. Lee Badgett
This report shows that including employees’ domestic partners in public employers’ health care and other benefits will have positive effects on state and local government employers in Alaska. Offering domestic partner benefits to public employees will likely reduce the number of people who are uninsured or who are currently enrolled in Medicaid and other government sponsored health care programs. Data suggest that this could save the state $0.8-$1.1 million per year. Research also shows that offering domestic partner benefits has positive effects on current employees, and will increase the competitiveness of public employers to recruit and retain talented employees. The expected cost of providing health care costs to employees would be minimal, and would likely be shared by public employers and employees.