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Married Gays Have Full Insurance Rights In New York State

New York’s top insurance regulator says that insurance companies must treat gay couples legally married in other states the same way they treat straight married couples. “We expect insurance companies to provide the same rights and benefits to all legally married couples, regardless of the sex of the spouses,” Superintendent Eric Dinallo said today in an e-mailed statement. The insurance …

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BlueCross To Give Benefits To Married Gays

Another domino falls in New York. BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will begin allowing spousal health care benefits to validly married gay and lesbian couples, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today. The news comes less than three weeks after the NYCLU filed a lawsuit against the company on behalf of a Buffalo lesbian couple that said it …

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Daily Grumble

Last spring my company reorganized and I was reclassified a “consultant”, hired by contract and no longer an employee. (Even though I’m doing the same thing I have been for the last seven years.) Therefore I am now self-insured and while my insurance is 100% tax deductible, I was still floored today to see this month’s increase in my premium, …

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Co-Pays Skyrocketing For Expensive Meds

Health insurance companies are adopting a new pricing model which forces people taking expensive medications to pay up to 33% of the cost, rather than the typically low co-pay. With the new pricing system, insurers abandoned the traditional arrangement that has patients pay a fixed amount, like $10, $20 or $30 for a prescription, no matter what the drug’s actual …

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Arizona To Grant Health Benefits To Partners Of State Workers

Arizona is set to approve health benefits for the partners of state employees. The domestic partners of state employees, gay or straight, will be eligible for health coverage and other benefits under a plan approved Tuesday by a state oversight panel. The Governor’s Regulatory Review Council, with three members missing or abstaining, voted 4-0 to approve the benefits expansion. It …

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