Most University of Houston insurance is provided through the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS). ERS adheres to Texas state law, which defines family members as a spouse and an unmarried dependent child under age 25. Public Law 104-199, Defense of Marriage Act, states, " the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife."
Optional providers may provide benefits to same-sex partners, depending on the carrier.
Need additional assistance? Call the HR Service Center at 713-743-3988 to discuss your situation in greater detail or to schedule an appointment with a Benefits representative.