The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking the public's input on Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) coverage of stillborn children. FSGLI is a life insurance program for spouses and dependent children of military members insured under SGLI. By law, children are automatically covered under the program with $10,000 of life insurance at no cost, and coverage begins either on the date of birth or on the date a child becomes a legal dependent. Public Law 110-389, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, expanded the definition of "insurable dependent" for SGLI purposes to include a member's stillborn child. The VA is proposing to amend that definition to allow reliance upon the fetus' gestational age even if the fetus' weight is known. As a result, a fetus whose duration in utero is 20 completed weeks of gestation but which weighs less than 350 grams would qualify as a "member's stillborn child." Read more on Military.com.
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