so i bugged my HR guy about the insurance thing, even though i know he doesn’t do benefits stuff. he got with a couple contacts who do handle that stuff and made a few phone calls and, ultimately, they’re actually fixing the insurance biz. i confess, i really never expected that to happen. it’s past open enrollment and everything i’ve ever heard about fighting the system re: benefits stuff has ended up in head- and heartache. plus it’s my word against theirs that i actually clicked the submit button — which they still say i didn’t do. but whatever. retroactive effective 6-1 i (and my family) am (is) covered by blue cross/blue shield — which means that the birth center is covered which means we won’t have a $4000 bill to worry about in 3 months. i’ll truly believe it when i see the new benefits cards, but the good news in they should be in the mail!