FSGLI For Stillborn Children

FSGLI for Stillborn children

The Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) contains a little known benefit for families who experience a late pregnancy loss.  FSGLI for stillborn children has specific rules and qualifications.

Warning:  Though technically correct, the language used here may be difficult for some people to read.  It is hard for me.

FSGLI Coverage Basics

FSGLI coverage is available to spouses of military members who elect Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), and it includes coverage on children complimentary with the spouse coverage.  FSGLI is paid via payroll deductions.  Coverage is up to $100,000 but may not exceed the amount of SGLI that the service member carries.  Children are covered for $10,000.  Premium amounts vary depending on the age of the insured spouse.

In most cases, FSGLI coverage is automatic, based upon the information entered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS.)  FSGLI coverage may be reduced or declined.  You can verify FSGLI enrollment by checking the deductions section of your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES.)

Note that FSGLI coverage is not automatic for dual military couples.

FSGLI for Stillborn Children

Under FSGLI child coverage, the $10,000 benefit is paid upon the death of a covered, dependent child.  Under FSGLI guidelines, the definition of a dependent child includes:

“− stillborn child whose death occurs before expulsion, extraction, or delivery, and not for the purposes of abortion, and:

• (1) whose fetal weight is 350 grams or more; or

• (2) if the fetal weight is unknown, whose duration in utero was 20 or more completed weeks of gestation, calculated from the date the last normal menstrual period began to the date of expulsion, extraction, or delivery.

While no one ever hopes to make a claim under the coverage, it may provide financial relief to families during a challenging time.  While it may be used for any purpose, common uses are to pay funeral costs and transportation to another location for a funeral service.

Making A Claim

A servicemember starts a claim for FSGLI benefits by notifying his or her personnel support office, who should notify a trained casualty assistance person.  Documentation from health care providers will be required.

I hope this information may be helpful to military families who are facing the loss of a child before birth.  Please tuck it away in your brain so that you can share it with a friend, family member, or co-worker who is in this situation.  Thank you.

FSGLI for stillborn children

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Reservist

    Thank you for writing this. I just lost my baby at 15 weeks. It is very difficult in my state to find an insurance-covered place to remove a “missed abortion” and your choices are to suffer through a dangerous and painful labor or pay a lot of money out of pocket for a D&E. Had my baby been a few weeks older, my provider would not have been able to treat me. Having this information provides some comfort and courage for trying to have another baby if another late miscarriage were to occur. I hope nobody ever has to use this.