This past weekend, we were invited to participate in a conference at the University of Texas working toward competitive insurance benefits for employees of all university systems in Texas. Right now, employees can secure insurance benefits for spouses but not for domestic partners, and an UT @ Austin based organization called Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association is working to change that.
Our panel, on legal issues surrounding this push for competitive insurance benefits, included Texas State Representative Elliott Naishtat, who is one of our strongest allies in the Legislature for LGBT rights and the author of HB 816; and Randall Terrell of Equality Texas, who we’re partnering with on our upcoming Lobby Day on March 2.
The conference received attention from Austin media — this story appeared in the Daily Texan (the student paper at the University of Texas), this story aired on KUT-FM (Austin’s NPR station), and this story aired on KTBC-TV (Austin’s FOX affiliate).
It was an honor to be part of this conference, and Atticus Circle is proud to be working with organizations like PEFSA toward securing competitive insurance benefits for University of Texas System and Texas A&M employees.