WPR News
11:19 am
Mon October 13, 2008

UW Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming recently moved one step closer to extending health benefits to employees' domestic partners. UW Associate Provost Nicole Ballenger says the University hired a consulting group to look at the issue.

Ballenger says that study found that over 300 major U.S. colleges and universities offer domestic partner benefits: "and among those are most of the top research institutions.... institutions that UW competes with in recruiting its faculty members, and from a business point of view, that's the University's major interest in this topic. We need to be competitive in recruiting the very best people for the jobs that we have."

Ballenger says the biggest obstacle is the University uses the state health care system, which does not provide domestic partner benefits. She says the consultant recommends offering vouchers as an alternative way to pay for health care.