Domestic Partner Health Care Coverage

As of January 1, 2015 NAU will no longer offer domestic partner benefits coverage to same sex domestic partners or to opposite domestic partners.


Until December 31, 2014 NAU will offer health care coverage to qualified same sex and opposite sex domestic dependents (domestic partners and the children of domestic partners). 
  • Opposite Sex Domestic Partners: Effective January 1, 2015  opposite sex domestic partners will no longer be eligible for health care coverage.
  • Same Sex Domestic Partners: 

    As a result of the recent change in the State of Arizona’s recognition of marriage between same-sex couples, the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) and NAU health plans now recognize same-sex spouses under the definition of eligible dependents as a legal spouse. 

    Employees have been offered same-sex domestic partner coverage pursuant to a preliminary injunction in Diaz v. Brewer, et al. (Case No.2:09-cv-02402 JWS)., which was pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.  On November 6, 2014 the preliminary injunction was ordered to be dissolved and the case was ordered to be dismissed effective December 31. 2014. As a result, domestic partners will no longer be eligible for coverage in the NAU benefit plans effective January 1, 2015. 

Determine if your domestic partner qualifies
  • demonstrate that they share residence with you and have done so continuously for the past 12 months
  • not be legally married to or separated from anyone else
  • not be a close blood relative
  • be at least 18 years old
  • meet certain tests demonstrating financial interdependency
Determine if the children of your domestic partner qualifies
  • biological children
  • legally adopted children
  • children placed for adoption
  • children under legal guardianship substantiated by a court order
  • foster children
  • children who are entitled to coverage under a medical support order  

Enrollment Options

The university offers the following domestic partner health care options 

Same sex 
Opposite sex 
  • State of Arizona Plans     
  • Delta Dental
  • Total Dental
  • Delta Dental
  • Total Dental
  • Avesis
  • Avesis

Tax considerations

Your domestic partner dependent(s) do not need to qualify as a tax dependent to qualify for health care coverage.  However, if your domestic partner dependent(s) do not qualify as a tax dependent(s), you may be taxed on any additional employer's contribution toward that coverage.

The Worksheet for Determining Support can assist you in determining your domestic partner dependent(s) qualify as a tax dependent, but we recommend you also consult with a tax advisor to be sure you are clear on the tax implications for your individual situation.

Enrollment Process

To enroll your domestic partner you must complete, sign and return the following  to Human Resources:

  • Domestic Partner Affidavit
  • Enrollment Form
  • Tax Declaration
opposite sex enrollment forms 

same sex enrollment forms

To enroll the children of your domestic partner you must also complete a Domestic Partner’s Child Declaration of Tax Status form for each child.

Once all forms and documentation are received and approved, then the HR Benefits team will process your enrollment.