UW Looks At Adding Domestic Partners To Benefits

Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming officials are raising the issue of providing Health insurance benefits to Domestic partners of U-W employees. Universities in 21 other states currently offer benefits to domestic partners and Vice President of Academic Affairs Myron Allen says most fortune 500 companies also offer such benefits. Since these are companies U-W competes with for employees, he says U-W officials thought it was time to start opening discussions on the topic. But the topic is viewed as somewhat touchy since domestic partners include those of the same sex. Trustee Jim Neiman of Hulett says such a topic may not play well in small town Wyoming.But Allen says it is an issue that all of state government will likely have to face and he thinks they are probably late in trying to address it.