Best Practices for Implementing Domestic Partner Health Coverage

  • by Clay Molinari, SAP HR Consultant, C&C Savant, Inc.
  • June 15, 2003
Beginning with Release 4.7, R/3 provides full support for configuration of domestic partner coverage on U.S. health plans. The author gives practical advice on applying the rules to actual situations, based on his several years of experience working with this type of coverage.

Beginning with Release 4.7, R/3 provides full support for configuration of domestic partner coverage on U.S. health plans. The new options allow precise control for including domestic partners on specified dependent coverage options. Health plans may now have simultaneous pre-tax and after-tax cost components. Employees will no longer be surprised with large imputed income liabilities at year-end, because the imputed income associated with this coverage can be configured in the plan cost rule. Retroactive changes will always result in the correct adjustments without the need for manual intervention. In short, configuration of domestic partner coverage is now as reliable as the traditional coverage options.

This article, based on my several years of experience working with this type of coverage, gives practical advice on how to configure domestic partner coverage for health plans. The available documentation is basic and does not help with the concept of how to apply the rules to an actual situation.

Clay Molinari

Clay Molinari has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working as an SAP HR consultant since 1997. He is currently president of C&C Savant, Inc., an SAP consulting firm that specializes in combining standard SAP configuration and custom ABAP programming to help its clients solve unique or complicated requirements.

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