The Washington Times - July 23, 2012, 11:57AM

The Obama administration has proposed including same-sex couples in one of the health care law’s new benefits that allows young adult children to stay on their parents’ health plans.

A proposed rule the administration posted Friday would apply to federal workers and the children of their same-sex domestic partners, allowing the children to stay on the federal insurance program until they turn 26.

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It would also extend federal coverage to such children for the very first time, following through on a plan President Obama outlined three years ago to extend more benefits to same-sex couples.

While the same-sex partners of federal workers are not eligible for coverage, the Office of Personnel Management said it’s able to extend coverage to their children by defining who a “stepchild” is.

“The rule adds a definition of ‘stepchild’ to Parts 890 and 894 to denote the child of an enrollee’s spouse or same-sex domestic partners,” the rule says.

The public has until Sept. 18 to comment on the proposed rule, which would also apply to dental and vision coverage.