RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's largest insurer is canceling family insurance policies sold to gay and lesbian couples under the federal overhaul law due to contract language Blue Cross plans to remove next year.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina invalidated policies for 20 couples because of standard policy language that defines "spouse" as "opposite sex."
Gay-rights advocates point out the insurer offers domestic partner benefits to its own employees. Blue Cross insurance plans offered by large North Carolina companies also include health benefits for employees and their same-sex partners.
The only other insurer selling subsidized policies on North Carolina's federally run marketplace for private coverage is Coventry Health. Spokesman Walt Cherniak says Coventry doesn't bar same-sex couples from buying family policies.