Human rights panel orders Alberta to stop same-sex discrimination in health care coverage

Employers were willing to cover dependants as family, but province refused to give family rates to same-sex couples
||Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Same-sex couples and their children in Alberta are entitled to family coverage under the province’s medicare program, according to a recent decision by the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission.

The commission ordered the province to stop denying family coverage to same-sex couples and their children.

Thirteen residents filed complaints with the commission after the province’s medicare system, Alberta Health and Wellness, denied family coverage because the definition of “common-law spouse” under Alberta’s Health Insurance Premium Regulations mandated that common-law couples be of the opposite sex.