I know it has been a while folks, sorry about that. I have a possible update on the transgender care for my federal health insurance. It doesn’t come from where you think it might though. As a federal employee who has filed an EEO complaint, I still have heard nothing back from the feds. I figure in mid July when we get to the 90 day mark I will once again push.
However, Jello discovered on Pink News (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/06/24/us-guarantees-health-care-for-trans-federal-employees/) a possible change coming. According to the news site, as of next year OPM will let trans related healthcare be covered. This is spectacular news, and if true means a lot.
Now, I am not holding my breath about this. My EEO complaint about this has been out there about 70 days or so with no response. I have heard NOTHING about it being covered, and I know my complaint is being handled by top tier DoD and OPM Human Resources. Maybe they are holding off on this until the official announcement.
This does mean I will probably suck it up and keep at my current job until the end of the year. I was going to start looking for other agencies (state and local) since their healthcare will cover Jello, but since I am already here we will see how this goes.
I hope it doesn’t seem too petty, but I am not going to get too excited about this. While I think it probably is true, I have seen enough stuff at this level to be skeptical of any sort of change. Supposedly when Obama issued Executive Orders last July, it was supposed to take care of this.
The other thing about this is the annoyance if they make me wait until next January. We have already put off his surgeries until October, and I realize it is only another 3 months or so but it will be super annoying to wait those three months and then find out it didn’t help.
On the work front itself, things are now slowing down so I should be able to post more. Sorry about that.
I saw this and thought of your post today. http://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/out-transgender-airman-in-male-uniform-attends-white-house-p#.wc8Rq7W5OV
Not directly related to benefits coverage, or even your department, but a glimmer of hope, I suspect.
It definitely made me a happy person! The Army has something similar with a couple of people.