Republicans, Democrats and a Socialist from Vermont united in the U.S. House today to increase the maximum amount of voluntary group life insurance available to U.S. military personnel.[@@]
All 424 representatives who voted on H.R. 3200, the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Enhancement Act of 2005, supported the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.
If enacted, H.R. 3200 would increase the maximum amount of coverage available through the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance and Veterans’ Group Life Insurance programs to $400,000, from the current total of $250,000.
The bill also would require officials at the U.S. Defense Department to notify married servicemembers’ spouses and single servicemembers’ next of kin about the availability of SGLI coverage.
Another provision will let servicemembers opt out of the new servicemembers’ traumatic injury protection program.