As if the government's oppression wasn't enough for same-sex couples to deal with, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC is piling on by canceling health insurance policies they had already issued to gay couples:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s biggest health insurer, has systematically canceled family insurance policies it sold last month to gay and lesbian couples in North Carolina under the Affordable Care Act.
The insurer canceled policies of 20 couples – some who were legally married in states that recognize gay marriage – and encouraged them to reapply for separate insurance policies as unmarried individuals. The couples received calls from Blue Cross in mid-January, several weeks after they purchased their family health insurance, and were told their family coverage was invalid.
Apparently the reason for this nonsense is some antiquated BCBS policy that they claim they intended to correct, but just didn't get around to fixing. The article indicates that it won't prevent people from getting insurance, but it's at least a hassle and at most an increased financial burden for the affected families.
“I was so taken aback by it; I was speechless,” said Al Hinman, who moved with his husband to Durham from New York last year. “It was wrong, and it shouldn’t have happened that way. For 24 years we’ve been on the same insurance with a few gaps.”
Living in BackwardNC often leaves many people speechless.