A fair question. Two quick answers:
1. Those of us lucky enough to live in the most progressive parts of the world tend to focus on how good we have it, and yet we still haven’t achieved true gender equality.
2. I’m over trying to pitch women’s magazines. If the story isn’t about slimmer thighs for summer, they’re just not interested.
This stuff is important, I’ll try not to make it too dry.
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My friend Wendy recently asked her insurance agent, George, why Anthem Insurance is sending her a mandatory pediatric dental insurance bill each month considering that she doesn’t have kids and doesn’t have any intention of ever having kids. Bill’s response was that, like the maternity coverage men have to pay for, it’s just one of those things certain insured people have to cover even though it has nothing to do with them. Wendy responded by tearing his a new one. Observe:
Good afternoon George and Sean,I am receiving bills for $5.36 each month from Anthem for dental, pediatric. I recall discussing and signing off on only my regular medical healthcare, with no dependents (I do not even have children, and have not gotten dental for myself yet.) Possible to explain?many thanks,Wendy
Wendy —This is the most common question we get, and it is understandable to have this confusion. Due to the healthcare reform, Anthem Blue Cross requires all policies to include pediatric dental, even if there are no children on the policy. If that wasn’t bad enough, they bill for it separately (it really should be embedded in the policy and no one would really care about it like maternity coverage in the policy for men). Even though it is not a benefit for you to utilize, if you do not pay it, your medical policy will eventually cancel out for non-payment. Once the medical and pediatric dental are both paid to the same date, we can request to have them both billed together on the same invoice (called a “summary bill”).Hope this makes sense.Be well,George
Hi George,Thanks for explaining, though it is basically extortion - and, I feel forced to point out, not comparable to men paying for maternity coverage, since1. A man is half responsible for virtually every pregnancy / baby.2. A woman has to take maternity because A. men don’t lactate, and B. even if a baby is fed formula the US laws are still so archaic that men are not even granted paternity at most companies. And lest anyone suggest childcare / nannies -3. …The ideal situation, according to reams of medical research, is for a baby to have at least a few months to bond with its mother in the beginning for physical and emotional health and development, Because, evolution.4. And then there is the physical recovery women need after giving birth - again, to a baby that I’m pretty sure a man was 50% responsible for. I have included a fun and helpful link below that may be educational in this regard. Please see #s 10, 14, 16, 17, 18.In contrast, I feel - because I legitimately am - zero percent responsible for other peoples children’s teeth.:-)All the best,Wendy
yeah, why should men pay for women to loll around all day, occasionally taking care of a helpless newborn that THEY created / wanted? we should def get our entitled asses back to work within 48 hours. we’re really gaming the system and i hope someone brings this farce of men being held financially responsible for their own kids to attention soon. god i’m pissed for days on this one. it is not even a little comparable to me being responsible for pediatric dental when i do not have any children.