The insurable interest option is available only if you are unmarried with either no dependent children or one dependent child. You may elect insurable interest coverage for that child regardless of the child's age or dependency.
The following people who can be covered are by the SBP for Insurable Interest:
The monthly cost is 10 percent of retired pay plus 5 percent more for each full five years the person covered is younger than the retiree. The maximum cost is 40 percent of retired pay.
10 + (2 x 5) = 20 percent
If retired pay is $1,000 per month, then the monthly cost will be 20 percent of $1,000, or $200.
The monthly SBP payment to an insurable interest person is equal to 55 percent of the gross retired pay (the base amount is always the gross retired pay) less SBP cost of coverage. Payments are increased by cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) at the same time and by the same percentage as retired pay is increased.
Continuing our example, if retired pay is $1,000 per month and the monthly cost is 20 percent of $1,000, or $200.
The monthly benefit will be 55 percent of the remaining $800 ($1,000 - $200 = $800) of retired pay.
Thus, the benefit amount will be $440 (.55 x $800 = $440) per month.
Unlike other coverage categories, you may voluntarily terminate SBP coverage (if the insured is not a former spouse) or change SBP to cover a new spouse or child.
Special Note: Public Law provides that a participant is considered "paid-up" after completing 30 years (360 payments) in the Plan. This applies to a specific category of beneficiary (i.e., spouse), at a specific base amount (i.e., full retired pay). Contact your personnel counselor for details on this feature, which is not effective until Oct. 1, 2008.