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Blue Cross reversing course, will offer gay N.C. couples family policies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s largest insurer is reversing course and now says it will offer family coverage to same-sex married couples and domestic partners in new policies.

blue-cross-ncBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Wednesday it’s making the change for policies sold starting next week and taking effect March 1.

The announcement comes after a report by The News & Observer of Raleigh was picked up nationally by the Associated Press that the Chapel Hill-based insurer cancelled family coverage sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on the federal insurance marketplace.

The insurer said it had intended to update its plans to include those offerings, but postponed making the change in terminology as the company scrambled to get ready for what turned out to be a rocky rollout of subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Blue Cross said it had planned to change the definition next year, but CEO Brad Wilson says the insurer should have been more thoughtful about the delay.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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32 more reader comments:

  1. They are still shitty in my book.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:14pm
  2. As a former customer, I wholly agree, but this makes them less shitty.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:21pm
  3. Just a little.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:37pm
  4. Come on, Agatha, please get with it. We are humans, too.

    Replied on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 1:51am
  5. Really? I didn't say BCBS did not employ humans. I said the company was shitty. I know from first hand experience that their business practices leave much to be desired. Saying no to claims when first submitted is a habit with them. It should never take more than one submission of paperwork to get payment for a covered procedure, especially when it is the law. Tsk. Tsk.

    Replied on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:24am
  6. Its about time they saw the error in their ways

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:17pm
  7. Very good news. Shows that they are on the side of the consumer.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:19pm
  8. I work for BCBS (not the NC area) and this company is one of the most open and accepting companies for our rights that there is. They march in our Pride parade every year, but beyond that, they provide full benefits for my partner and I, including fertility benefits for when we are ready to have children. All individual policies to the best of my knowledge have provisions for domestic partners unless the state they are in prohibits it. Group policies are of course different, and governed by the employer. This was a mistake on their part, and one that obviously was not taken lightly, because they reversed their decision and made things right again. Not only that they did it very quickly, how often do you actually see that?? I proudly stand behind the company I work for, and what they stand for. It’s a shame they did not make the right decision to begin with, but I’m proud of them for correcting it so quickly and getting back on track.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:22pm
  9. The Georgia office needs to do it here. My partner needs ins but can’t afford it. And I have blue cross but can’t add her

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:24pm
  10. You have to it is federal law

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:25pm
  11. Congrats Lexi and Kyndall!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:25pm
  12. I believe they don’t want to get sued for discrimination

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:26pm
  13. only cause their scared of loosing their business……like everyone else these days…….sad when now the straights feel the need to hide away and go underground with their business’ simply to run their business the way the want to……free

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:26pm
  14. This is what happens when companies get tons of bad publicity and pressure from all over.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:36pm
  15. When the private sector acts, the craven Republicants take notice.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:37pm
  16. Bet the government was going to come down on them with fines and slap them around like they try to do to their policy holders! I doubt seriously it was because of their humanity: they are a company which prides itself on the money it makes and has no soul!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:48pm
  17. Smart move.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:53pm
  18. Too much heat!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:25pm
  19. Sanity prevails!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:27pm
  20. Why did they change their viewpoint?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:44pm
  21. good. wish this applied to state emplpyees in NC

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:31pm
  22. the right side of History….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:36pm
  23. Do they know what they are doing? One day yes, the next no?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:41pm
  24. Amazing how FAST bad publicity and the strong possibility of profit loss will make a business “reverse its course.”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:52pm
  25. passed that place many times when were living there last summer… good news!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:24am
  26. Kaiser had done it for years Pro gays all the way !!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 1:36am
  27. This would have created the case for 5th Amendment violation. If denial of benefits, coverage, and treatment led to death without due process. ..

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 2:12am
  28. I used to work for BC BS… It’s gaaaaayyyy!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:10am
  29. Yeah, lawsuits will correct a conscience right quick. Civil rights abound!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:23am
  30. As they should !!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:13am
  31. Ty

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:44am
  32. glad people told company how they felt and it changed the policy!

    Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:23pm