A lot of things have been happening, lots of little things, and I think I will just address them individually. So right now I will start with the most angry/frustrating thing I can think of. Trump’s ban on transgender in the military.
Everyone has probably read about it, transgender people won’t be allowed to sign up, those already in the military may be ejected at any time, and their medical has been hit with no transgender services used by the military.
We found this also hits Wolsey. It has been said that as of the end of this year we are back to where we were when I petitioned to have his medical care back in 2015. I have been told, but I don’t have a confirmation yet that he won’t have coverage for anything in those areas. We won’t have that until the new medical plans come out in November.
This means at the end of the year, hormones, SRS, or ANYTHING to do with his transgender status will no longer be covered.
We knew this was coming, and I am incredibly grateful that the two of us “panicked” at the start of the year and pushed two years ahead on our schedule to start his surgeries.
Currently our final level of appeal for the last surgery itself is at OPM (the Human Resources for the federal government) and we will see if its covered or not. If it isn’t, I have two credit cards ready to take on all the debt, it will just push us back about 7 months.
Even so, I am very glad we assumed the worst of this administration, and that through sheer luck we were able to get Wolsey in for surgery.
The other aspect that I haven’t talked about yet, we don’t know if civilian DoD workers can be fired at will like active military or not. If the medical is cut the same, I am prepared for the rest of it to be treated the same with him.
After his surgery in December we are going to reassess. Our original goal was to wait until he got 5 years here. That way he gets a tiny little pension worth 5% of his paychecks when he retires. We are currently at year 2 for him next month (and I am at year 3). We still want to hold three more years, but we don’t know. State jobs would cover him, protect him and also put into a different tiny pension when he retires, but he really wanted to finish what he started here.
I guess we will see, and I will tell everyone else when we know.
Oh, and we will have more stuff coming, Wolsey had to take a break from Background Radiation last couple of weeks. It has been so depressing.
I have an FEHB plan, but haven’t seen anything about potentially rolling back coverage for transition related care. Wouldn’t it be dependent on the specific provider?
The OPM person wasn’t sure if it would be purely for DoD personnel only or all FEHB. If it does go through, I suspect it will be like in 2015 when they had a rider out with all plans. When I called they hadn’t heard how it was going to be implemented, just that it was going to hit civilian DoD along with military DoD.
I am still waiting on confirmation in November, because I am not sure if they can change their contract negotiations this quickly for FEHB (or maybe they have been working on this in private). I am hoping enough people drag their feet that they can’t get the change done before the start of the next year.