Domestic Partner Benefits

Effective as of January 1, 2005, eligible Head Start employees will have the opportunity to enroll their domestic partner, and their domestic partner’s children for benefits offered through the Fund.

Domestic partners will be eligible for: hospital benefits; dental coverage; and vision coverage. Children of domestic partners will be eligible for: hospital benefits and vision coverage.

To enroll your domestic partner, and your domestic partner’s children, you must submit proof of your relationship, which meets the Fund’s criteria.  For the Fund’s purposes, domestic partners are two people:

•    both of whom are at least 18 years of age or older;
•    neither of whom is married or related by blood in a manner that would bar marriage in New York State;
•    who have a close committed personal relationship: and
•    who live together and have been living together on a continuous basis.

Examples of satisfactory proof are: a copy of a Domestic Partnership Registration Certificate issued by the New York City Clerk; or a Declaration of Domestic Partnership.

If you are interested in enrolling your domestic partner and/or your domestic partner’s children for coverage, contact the Fund office at: 212-343-1660.  The Fund office will be happy to answer your questions and to provide you the forms you will need to complete the enrollment process.

Please keep in mind that unless your domestic partner and/or domestic partner’s children are your dependent within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code, the amount paid by your employer for the coverage of your domestic partner and his or her children is treated as part of your taxable income.  If you have questions regarding the impact of enrolling your domestic partner and his or her children on your income tax status, you should consult with your professional tax advisor. 

Click here to download the Domestic Partnership - Claim Form