Tag Archive: ACA

No SCOTUS decisions on marriage or Obamacare today

U.S. Supreme CourtLooks like we’re going to have to wait a few days for the outcome of two blockbuster cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Decisions in four cases were announced this morning, but no SCOTUS decision in the marriage case (Obergefell v. Hodges), which could once and for all settle the marriage issue for all the states, or the Obamacare case (King v. Burwell), which threatens to gut the Affordable Care Act.  

Among the four decisions announced today, one carries bad news for some of those swindled by Bernie Madoff. In another, Justice Kagan quoted Stan Lee in a decision involving Spiderman. Beat that.

With only a few days left before the end of the Court’s term (end of June), it is quite possible that the Court will announce Obergefell and Burwell last. Let’s call it their big finale.

There were 47,000 on SCOTUSblog this morning, which is a lot but not a record. That record is a million, for the first ACA decision.  

Transgender people: GSE is looking for your healthcare stories

Are you transgender?

Garden State Equality, as it continues efforts to help LGBT people find the best available healthcare in New Jersey, wants to know if you’ve been denied insurance coverage for any treatment – transition-related or otherwise.

You probably know that GSE’s director is a transgender woman; Andy Bowen. Here’s what she has to say:

Did you know that in New Jersey, most health insurance policies specifically deny transgender people coverage for any transition-related health care, like hormones and different surgeries?

And why is it important for health insurance to cover transition-related care? I’ll tell you about myself. Before I went on hormones, before I lived as a woman, I felt like I was disintegrating. I felt like my soul was shriveling: I had this intense knowledge that I was a woman, and every moment that I couldn’t express that was a moment that I felt my personality melt a little bit. And then I started taking hormones. And then I started looking more and more like a woman. And then I changed my identity documents to read “Andrea Bowen,” with a nice little “F” written under the label “sex.”

That was awesome. That made me feel whole.

GSE is looking to know what happens when you go for medical services, so they can tell lawmakers, and get people’s needs met. Reach Andy here: Bowen@GardenStateEquality.org. We’re interested if people have had trouble with this too. If you’re interested in telling your story to Blue Jersey, under your name or anonymously, let us know: Contact@BlueJersey.com.