|President Obama - A dissapointment in fixing|
This law increased the amount of Supplemental Life Insurance available for purchase by Totally Disabled Veterans from $20,000 to $30,000 effective 10/01/2011.
However the Veterans Administration in applying the law, is refusing to permit Totally Disabled Veterans who have a disability waiver granted before 10/01/2010 to even receive an application for the 'New' additional supplemental life insurance. They say that the Totally Disabled Veterans that received their disability waivers prior to 10/01/2010 (even though they may have purchased the $20,000 supplemental life) were not eligible to purchase the additional $10,000 as provided for in this law.
Here is some background on this issue:
When a veteran is awarded a SC disability by the VA he or she becomes eligible to purchase Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (“SDVI“)through the VA (face value amount of $10,000). This program was established in 1951 and still exists currently. Eligible Disabled Veterans have up to two (2) years from the date that the SC Disability was established to apply for this insurance.
If the veteran with this insurance becomes “Totally Disabled” then they may apply for a waiver of premiums for this $10,000 of “SDVI”.
Now comes the “SDVI” Supplemental Life Insurance. This program came into existence as a result of the Veterans Benefits Act of 1992 or Public Law 102-568. This permitted Veterans with “SDVI” in which the premiums had been waived to purchase up to $20,000 of Supplemental Life Insurance.[ a problem was later discovered that didn’t permit all eligible Totally Disabled Veteran with an existing premium waiver in place to be able to purchase this Supplemental Insurance]. The Statute reads:
[(b) "to qualify for the supplemental insurance under this section a person must file with the secretary an application for such insurance. Such application must be filed not later than (1) October 31, 1993, or (2) the end of the one year period beginning on the date on which the Secretary notifies the person that the person is entitled to a waiver of premiums under section 1912 of the title, whichever is later.]This resulted in the 1994 Amendment or Public Law 103-446 reading:
[ Subsection (b) substituted "insurance. Such application must be filed not later than (1) October 31, 1993, or (2) the end of the one year period beginning on the date on which the Secretary" for "insurance not later than the end of (1) the one-year period beginning on the first day of the first month following the month in which this section is enacted, or (2) the one-year period beginning on the date that the Department".]This provided a window for all Totally Disabled Veterans to be able to purchase this Supplemental Life Insurance.
Now, With the passage of HR 3219 that became Public Law 111-275 on 10/13/2010, history is repeating itself and the VA is refusing to allow all Veterans with a Total Disability, who have purchased the $20,000 Supplemental Insurance and that have a premium waiver that existed before 10/01/2010 to purchase this Supplement Increase effective 10/01/2011.
To Correct this:
(1) will the VA need it explained to them what is the intent of this legislation or
(2) will it take another Amendment like what happened in 1994
Please contact your member of Congress.