Bill Introduced to Help Disabled Military Children
Congressman Jim Moran
While civilian federal retirees are able to establish similar SNTs for disabled children, there is no equivalent within the military’s retirement system. A military retiree can currently pay SBP premiums that allow his/her designated survivor to receive up to 55 percent of his/her retired pay as a monthly payment. Once distributed, these benefits are counted as income, disqualifying disabled beneficiaries from receiving Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance assistance. The SNT would allow the children of deceased military retirees to remain eligible for federal assistance while accessing their special needs trust.
This FRA-supported legislation is listed on the FRA Action Center and members are urged to contact their representative on this issue.