CLEVELAND -- The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees has approved providing health insurance benefits to same sex domestic partners of employees and their immediate dependenets.
The benefits will begin on January 1, 2014.
Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of the MetroHealth System stated, "This is not a win for one people. This is a win for our organization. It's about doing the right thing. This reflects our values of respect, inclusion and diversity, teamwork and being accountable for doing the right thing."
"I applaud The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees for approving this provision," said Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County Executive. "This decision is really a decision in favor of equity and fairness. With the spirit and vision of their new leader, Dr. Boutros, The MetroHealth System continues to excel. I look forward to growing an even stronger partnership with him and the institution into the future."
"Congratulations to The MetroHealth System for taking this important step forward," said Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of the City of Cleveland. "It's further evidence of how Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are becoming more welcoming to our LGBT citizens as we get closer to Gay Games 9 arriving in Cleveland in 2014."