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    VeggiElaine, Kimbeaux

    When I also did so during my transition, I contacted the State of Arkansas Insurance Commissioner...and eventually won that part of the argument.  Then my employer changed insurance carriers for a year, so that when they changed back, the original one could include an exclusion that hadn't been there before.

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      I'm hoping my employer will pressure the insurance co.  Here's what is wrong with the picture, though.  To pursue this, I have to come out at work at least to an extent, to get the HR team involved etc.  In my case, it's no big deal as I have been who I am the whole (long long) time I've been there, & so have already been through much of that, but to someone just beginning the process, the involuntary outing could be unwanted.  & in any case, it's unnecessary, and it's a time & energy sink.  The cause is that the insurance companies are making health decisions, for which this is only one symptom.

      Was your appeal to the state based on the fact that you were a state employee at the time, or were you able to make that appeal as a private citizen?

      Again I'm late but Robyn your writing in the story about Islan Nettles was very beautiful. Thank you.

      But our secret lives that we live in our minds, amongst our readings, and in our dreams come barreling out when we finally transition.  Friends and family observe us changing from morose to joyful, from suppressed to bright and shiny.

      I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. --Anna Grodzka

      by VeggiElaine on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:57:01 PM PDT

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      •  I appealed as a private citizen... (2+ / 0-)
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        VeggiElaine, Kimbeaux

        ...arguing that people who had never met me were in charge of my health care...and the insurance had no specific exclusions saying my psychologists and hormone therapy should not be covered.

        •  I've had mixed results (2+ / 0-)
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          rserven, Kimbeaux

          Therapy has been covered in network, all my endo visits  etc covered at network rates.  But then I find these odd inconsistencies.  It's not that, at this point, I'm a trail blazer.  This process has been undertaken before.  But the inconsistencies are there because whoever left things they way they are didn't think it would matter, or didn't care, or didn't really want to implement a new policy.

          I had low expectations going in to this so I can hardly complain (altho I will of course).  Having union support will make a difference for many many more & that story is the bigger one.

          I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. --Anna Grodzka

          by VeggiElaine on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:28:19 PM PDT

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