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May 19th, 2009

A Good Health Insurance Letter

A Benefit Update Rider arrived today from my insurance plan.

Such letters are usually the bearers of bad tidings about conditions or medications the plan won't cover any more, so I turned the single sheet over with some trepidation. And what did I find? I quote in full:

Section XIII. Definitions has been updated to include the following definition of Spouse:

Spouse : A person's partner (husband or wife) in a legal marriage. For purposes of Dependent eligibility under this Certificate, spouse includes same sex partners who are married in jurisdictions that recognize same sex marriages.

Now, this doesn't make any difference to spouse and self, since our plan actually makes it cheaper for us to get our insurance as individuals, the married rate being more than twice the single. But it would make the world of difference to any couple who couldn't cobble together the elaborate finagle that allows us both to be insured under my Authors Guild membership. Plus, it's just generally cool and heartening. And there's not so much coming into the mailbox or through the radio that is, these days. So I offer it for your communal delectation.

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