Employers Aren’t Waiting on The Supreme Court

health benefitsAs The Highest Court in the Land weighs the constitutionality of The Defense of Marriage Act, the latest figures from healthcare benefits consultancies Mercer and Aon Hewitt find a growing number of companies already offering same-sex domestic partner benefits to their employees.

According to recent Aon Hewitt data culled from 1,300 employers, 78 percent of companies offer domestic partner benefits. Among those organizations, 71 percent offer same-sex coverage. That number stood at 19 percent in 2007, according to Aon Hewitt.

New York-based Mercer’s recent survey finds the number of companies providing same-sex benefits increasing as companies get larger. More than half of the companies surveyed indicate offering health coverage to same-sex domestic partners, according to Melissa Jimeno, a consultant in the firm’s healthcare practice. Among large employers, the number climbs into the 60 percent to 75 percent range.

The percentage of employers participating in Mercer’s survey that reported offering health coverage to same-sex domestic partners, by company size:

• 500 to 999 employees – 36 percent

• 1,000 to 4,999 employees – 52 percent

• 5,000 to 9,999 employees – 62 percent

• 10,000 to 19,999 employees – 67 percent

• 20,000 or more employees – 75 percent