In yet another victory, this time without the help of the courts, LGBT rights attorney Dana Nessel has helped a same-sex couple gain equal access to benefits previously denied. Our clients, Elizabeth Gardiner and Stephanie Citron, were one of the couples able to marry in Michigan after the decision in the Deboer-Rowse case. Unfortunately, though the marriage was legal, Ms. Citron’s employer, Kroger, used an insurance company that refused to extend marital insurance benefits to Ms. Citron’s wife, Elizabeth.
Even when presented with all the applicable information, the insurance company refused to recognize Ms. Citron’s right to have her wife receive benefits. Enter Dana Nessel, whose determination and success on these issues is now known world-wide. After Ms. Nessel made clear that this type of blatant and illegal discrimination against a same-sex couple would not stand, with the threat of lending legal action, the health insurance company decided to reword their insurance p0licy. As of today, Ms. Citron and her wife, Elizabeth, are not fully covered as a marital couple.
Here is a link to the story done by Channel 7.