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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO EQUALITY IN THE MASSHEALTH PROGRAM.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

Chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:—

Section 61. Notwithstanding the unavailability of federal financial participation, no person who is recognized as a spouse under the laws of the commonwealth shall be denied benefits that are otherwise available under this chapter due to the provisions of 1 U.S.C. § 7 or any other federal non-recognition of spouses of the same sex..

Approved July 31, 2008