The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is extending Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance dependent coverage to an insured member’s stillborn child.
The VA will apply the new rule retroactively, to fetal deaths occurring on or after Oct. 10, 2008, officials write in a preamble to the proposed regulations, which are set to be published in the Federal Register Wednesday.
The VA developed the regulations to implement Section 402 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008.
The Veterans’ Survivor Benefits Improvements Act of 2001 created a program that permits servicemembers to use SGLI coverage to insure their dependents.
In the 2001 law, “stillborn children were not eligible for coverage under SGLI as insurable dependents,” officials write.