New health insurance rights for same-sex couples

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The Obama administration is spelling out new health insurance rights for same-sex couples.

Starting next year, health plans that offer spousal coverage to heterosexual couples cannot deny it to legally married same-sex couples.

The Health and Human Services Department announced the policy Friday in a blog post.

The department says insurance companies will not be allowed to discriminate against married same-sex couples.

The rule applies to plans offered in the new health insurance exchanges, as well as to many employer and individual plans offered outside that marketplace.

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