Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Unintended Consequences #2,584

Back in 2013, we posted on the travails of an Old Line State same-sex couple trying to untangle their health insurance:

"I got a call today from a woman who needed to find new coverage. She had been covered by her same sex partner as a domestic partner, but since Maryland passed gay marriage, she's now been told that she can no longer stay on the policy unless they get married."

Fast forward two years, and the post-Obergefell era is claiming another scalp:

"The Obama administration reversed a policy Monday that had allowed unmarried federal employees and retirees in same-sex domestic partnerships to obtain insurance coverage for children of their partners"

That is, until now, same-sex couples could cover their children on their gummint-issue health insurance even if they weren't married. Back in Aught 14, "the Office of Personnel Management broadened eligibility ... It made children of an employee or retiree’s same-sex domestic partner — although not the partner himself or herself — eligible." That is, they could add their "step-children" (but not their Significant Other) to their health insurance plan.

As a result of the SCOTUS Obergefell ruling, that's no longer the case, and these folks will now have to join us great unwashed in searching for affordable health insurance.

Be careful what you wish for.

[Hat Tip: HotAir]
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