At the beginning of 2014, I put my partner on the medical coverage I receive though my full-time employer. It was a godsend, as going without health insurance and trying to buy your own health insurance in New York City are both surefire paths to the poorhouse. For domestic partners who aren't married, or for those forbidden from wedding by law, it is perhaps the best work perk you can come by.
Michael Dempster broke his back one night when he sleepwalked out a window. To get on his girlfriend's health care plan, the couple decided to commit to a domestic partnership. This is his story.