Federal Daily News
CBO: Extending benefits to same-sex partners will not significantly affect budget
- By FederalDaily Staff
- November 28, 2012
The Congressional Budget Office in a report released Nov. 26 says that extending benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees will not significantly impact federal spending.
As commissioned by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in May, CBO examined costs related to implementing the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (S. 1910), which makes same-sex domestic partners of federal employees living together in a committed relationship eligible for Federal Employee Health Benefits, long-term care insurance, Family and Medical Leave Act leave, federal retirement benefits and others.
Based on the experience of state and local governments and other organizations that have adopted similar policies, CBO said it expects that few federal employees (less than 1 percent) would choose to register a same-sex domestic partnership if given the opportunity.
"CBO estimates that approximately 60 percent of individuals eligible under the proposal would move from single to family health coverage and that 85 percent would elect a survivor benefit for a domestic partner," the report said.
The agency estimates that enacting the bill would decrease net direct spending by $13 million between 2013 and 2022, and have a discretionary cost of $144 million over the same period. The estimates were made based on enacting the legislation by the end of the year.