Aon Hewitt Experts Available to Discuss Impact of U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act

Jun 26, 2013, 11:02 ET from Aon plc

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling a key section unconstitutional.


Experts from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), are available to provide independent insights on the ruling and its implications for employers and employees. 

Under the ruling, employees will have expanded access to employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits, depending on plan design, in the 12 states and District of Columbia that recognize same-sex marriage. This includes:

  • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • COBRA continuation coverage
  • HIPAA special enrollment rights
  • Ability to pay for health benefits with pre-tax dollars and receive an employer contribution towards a same-sex spouse's coverage without being taxed on such coverage (also referred to as taxation on "imputed" income)
  • Mandatory 401(k) beneficiary status absent spousal consent
  • The right to be covered by a joint and survivor annuity in defined benefit plans

If you are interested in scheduling an interview with one of our subject matter experts, please contact:

MacKenzie Lucas, 847-442-2995, Maurissa Kanter, 847-442-0952,

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