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Blue Cross Reverses Course in NC After Canceling Coverage to Gay Couples Under Obamacare

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Responding to outrage after it canceled health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act for nearly two dozen same-sex married couples in North Carolina because the state doesn't recognize such marriages, Blue Cross and Blue Shield has decided to reverse course, the News Observer reports:

The insurer said Wednesday it will now offer family coverage for same-sex couples and unmarried couples, and will also extend the benefit to small businesses for the first time.

In mid-January, Blue Cross systematically canceled 20 family policies and notified the affected customers they would have to reapply as unmarried single individuals. Some were married legally in other states and feared they would be required to lie on an insurance application form by denying their marriage.

The controversy rattled Blue Cross, the state’s largest insurer, and created a sense of embarrassment among many employees. CEO Brad Wilson extended a public apology in the company’s announcement. “We should have more thoughtfully considered this decision, with full appreciation of the impact it would have on same-sex married couples and domestic partners,” Wilson said. “We’re sorry we failed to do so.”

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  1. Blue Cross & Blue Shield and CEO Brad Wilson have done the right thing. Good apology too. Thank you.

    Posted by: thats | Jan 30, 2014 9:38:47 AM


  2. OK -- How long before the Rethuglicans in the legislature write some kind of law that will attempt to block Blue Cross from recognizing the gay married couples.

    Posted by: Continuum | Jan 30, 2014 9:59:55 AM


  3. Sounds to me like they thought they could save a few pennies, and that the gay couples would just accept it. They got caught in bad publicity, and are being prodded to do the right thing. Now about financial compensation to those couples who had to struggle to obtain separate policies during this time?

    Posted by: wct | Jan 30, 2014 10:42:00 AM


  4. Translation: We got caught being inhuman bigots who put pennies ahead of LGBT lives; we're sorry we couldn't get away with it.

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 30, 2014 10:57:08 AM


  5. Health insurer puts decision ahead of it's own subscribers - Oh really, you don't say?

    Health insurer sees the humanity in it's subscribers - now there's a news item!

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jan 30, 2014 11:15:19 AM


  6. They did the same in AZ. BCBS sucks

    Posted by: Dion | Jan 30, 2014 1:08:48 PM


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