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Wisconsin insurers open enrollment for married same-sex couples

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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MILWAUKEE -- Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment periods are needed because gays and lesbians who got married in Wisconsin last summer were unable to add spouses to their coverage amid the uncertainty ...

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Walmart sued for denying health coverage for lesbian employee’s spouse

Friday, September 26, 2014
Jacqueline Cote (right) and her spouse Diana Smithson.
Legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has filed a discrimination charge against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a lesbian worker who for six years was denied health coverage for her same-sex spouse.

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Starkville, Miss., rescinds plan to allow benefits coverage for unmarried partners

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Officials in Starkville, Miss., are now saying they won't let city employees buy health insurance coverage for unmarried domestic partners, including those of the same sex. Aldermen voted 4-2 Tuesday to delete part an insurance plan they approved two weeks ago...

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Ill. warns insurers about discriminating against transgender people

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people. The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws. Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people's rights...

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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

Friday, June 20, 2014
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BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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Ill. insurance marketplace to open special enrollment for married, gay couples

Sunday, June 1, 2014
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CHICAGO — Illinois’ health insurance marketplace is now allowing married, gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods for gay couples.

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Complaint accuses Fla. insurers of discrimination against HIV patients

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Two health organizations filed a complaint with federal officials Thursday, alleging that some Florida insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their drug policies in a way that discourages consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing their plans.

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Ohio couple dismisses challenge to gay marriage ban over healthcare coverage

Friday, March 28, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A married, same-sex couple in Ohio who had trouble getting family coverage under the federal health care law has dismissed their lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield cuts family policies for gay N.C. couples

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year.

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