Meanwhile, Omaha's gay-hostile mayor, Jean Stothert, is now taking a break from fighting the Fire Department to fighting the police department (dishonestly) over the issue of same-sex spousal benefits. From the World-Herald's coverage of the Douglas County Board change:
Blue Cross already covers same-sex spouses who live in a state that recognizes their marriage. It announced recently that for groups fully insured through Blue Cross, same-sex spouses who are legally married will be covered, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes their union.
That will be the default definition for self-insured groups that contract with Blue Cross for claim administration, unless policyholders opt out before Jan. 1.
Sarpy County, which has a policy with Blue Cross, is deferring to the insurer with respect to defining “spouse,” said Karen Buche, the county human resources director.