KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says she will add domestic partner benefit coverage for city workers, making Knoxville the second municipality in the state to offer such benefits.
Knoxville will become the first large city in Tennessee to offer city benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners. Commissioners in the Chattanooga suburb of Collegedale offered health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees in August.
Rogero told the Knoxville News Sentinel the move does not require approval from the Knoxville City Council. She notified council members Wednesday of the plan.
The benefit is expected to cost about $60,000 out of the $13 million benefits budget. Insurance coverage will be available in the open enrollment period that begins this month.