March 14, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex spouses must be provided equal access to family healthcare plans offered by insurers in the Affordable Care Act marketplace exchanges, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday. Beginning next year, “insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage,” Matthew Heinz, the agency's director of provider and LGBT outreach, said in a blog post. According to the guidelines, insurance companies that provide family plans to heterosexual couples will not be allowed to deny similar plans to same-sex married couples.
February 23, 2014
Stunning photos and report on the Anasazi ruins of Cedar Mesa, Utah ["Rock of Ages" by David Kelly, Feb. 16]. Thank you. I went to Natural Bridges National Monument; now I'll go back and explore more ruins. The drive on Highway 261 south off the edge of Cedar Mesa into Mexican Hat is not for the faint of heart. They're not kidding when they recommend 5 mph. Anne Eggebroten Santa Monica Trust your map, or your spouse? Regarding the Letters column ["Women Can Read Maps Just Fine," Feb. 16]
HOME & GARDEN
November 22, 2013 |
"This might be a crazy question, today of all days," read the text that arrived one Monday in July. "But do you have any interest in going to see 'Despicable Me 2' at the Marina Pacifica this evening?" That day, of all days, it was a crazy question. It was the first anniversary of our decision to get divorced - and, had we stayed married, it also would have been our fifth anniversary. One year earlier, my dear wife had taken my hands in hers and tearfully confirmed for me that she was really a he and wanted to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to become her authentic self.
November 6, 2013 |
Starbucks wants the country's defenders to return from the front lines on its payroll, pledging to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years. In an initiative organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to tap the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills developed by veterans and their families. “This is not a charity initiative,” said Starbucks Chief Community Officer Blair Taylor in an interview this week.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the head of the National Guard “to take immediate action” to ensure that same-sex spouses of guard personnel in nine states - including Texas, Florida and South Carolina - are allowed to register for full benefits an receive identification cards giving them access to military bases in keeping with a Pentagon policy that went into effect in September. Despite the new policy, National Guard commanders in those nine states, which do not permit same-sex marriages, have refused to register gay spouses at guard installations.
November 1, 2013 |
Rachel Poole was at home in Texas this week, nine months pregnant and talking on the phone with her husband, Justin, who was thousands of miles away, deployed overseas with the U.S. Army. But neither knew that a man armed with a knife had broken into their east El Paso home. The intruder stabbed Rachel Poole multiple times in the face and body. Poole screamed as her husband listened helplessly, police said. After the attacker fled, Rachel Poole called 911 and was taken to a local hospital, where police said she was in critical condition Thursday.