Blue Cross sees the error of its ways, restores coverage for gay couples
Last week, the Blues screwed up big time, dumping coverage for gay couples who were married in more enlightened states. It was a boneheaded move and the blow-back was harsh. Today the company apologized and fixed things.
Same-sex couples and anyone in a domestic partnership may, beginning Monday, purchase family coverage either directly from Blue Cross or on the HealthCare.gov exchange, the company said. Coverage would become effective March 1. Also, domestic partners and same-sex couples who enrolled separately on ACA plans also can convert them into family plans, retroactive to their original effective date.
I don't like much about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The company could have been a player in helping to move our state toward a single-payer healthcare system, but its self-interest always manages to trump the public interest. That said, I'm glad to see that they got this one right, and did so quickly.