State looking to Hood for guidance on same-sex benefits signups

State officials are awaiting word from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on when to extend worker benefits to the same-sex spouses of state and school employees.

The Department of Finance and Administration, the state agency that administers worker benefits to state and public school workers, says it needs guidance from Hood on whether to make the benefit signups retroactive or immediate or force spouses in same-sex marriages to wait until the fourth quarter open enrollment.

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7/9/15