OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Nine days ago I wrote about the fraternity brothers at Emerson College who were raising money for a transman pledge's top surgery.  Ultimately the brothers raised $20,918 of their goal of $2,000.

There is now more recent news.  Administrators at Emerson College took it upon themselves to contact the student insurer, Aetna, to "ask for clarification" of the initial denial of coverage.  Transgender benefits were supposed to be part of the college's policy with Aetna since 2006.  According to the college, Emerson was one of the first colleges in the nation to remove exclusion of transgender benefits from its policy.  

The conversations that followed led to the discovery that the policy language had inadvertently not been updated by Aetna on their internal documents.  This inaccuracy led to the rejection of coverage.

--Emerson College statement

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

The pledge, Donnie Collins, has posted a video:

There was an update on February 27.

We are HAPPY to announce that ALL excess money will be given to the Jim Collins Foundation. Official Announcement to come soon!
The Indiegogo has an a more recent update:
After working with Aetna Insurance, Emerson realized that even though the college’s insurance plan covers top surgery, the language never made it into the official policy, resulting in the rejection. All documentation has been quickly revised, and this week Donnie has confirmed with his surgeon’s office that insurance will cover the procedure.

This is very surprising news, and means that he only needs to pay copay instead of the full $8125. As promised, all excess funds have been pledged to the Jim Collins Foundation.

We are all thrilled that things have worked out for Donnie, and the college’s insurance policy has been updated with the correct language.

Extended (Optional)

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.