When Senator Mark Warner was notified about the prohibition of certain medications through Blue Cross-Blue Shield FEHBP medical plans, I got an answer back from his staff that relayed the message from OPM: Get another plan.
Instead of looking at this problem from the standpoint of the bigger picture of discriminatory health plans offered to federal employees, his staff decided to stand on the rules and claim that even though OPM had passed down their wisdom once already, I would need to fill out more paperwork in order to get help.
This is the mindset of an employer (BLM/DOI) who also didn’t know anything about disability when I was an employee. At the time, the BLM and Interior were on record as agreeing and abiding by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
However, the agency claimed it didn’t know what to do, even when I asked for accommodations.
Now this FEHBP plan has caused me a year and a half of grief. This is what happens when you work for the government.