H.R. 4821: Your Taxpayer Money Hard At Work (Updated)

As I am wont to do, I check the newly introduced legislation and usually wait until the text of that legislation hits Thomas so as to sound somewhat coherent on the subject when I post. This particular piece of legislation will not wait because the title is so incredibly ludicrous as is.  Are you or are you not just a bit curious about how your taxpayer money is being spent?  You can thank Dan Burton (R-IL) for whatever this turns out to be.

H.R. 4821:

To amend title 5, United States Code, to make stillborn children eligible for optional life insurance coverage.

Yes, I will post the text when it becomes available.

UPDATE:

Burton authors bill to include stillborn babies in the supplemental federal life insurance policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN-05) issued the following statement after introducing the Kaytlynn Noggle Federal Life Insurance Equity Act [H.R. 4821]:

“Some months ago, a constituent from Greenfield, Indiana, wrote me a heartbreaking e-mail about his daughter, Kaytlynn, who was stillborn on December 19, 2009. He explained that the family arranged a burial for their daughter, as Indiana law requires, unaware that their Federal employee life insurance policy did not cover their stillborn daughter. So in the midst of dealing with this terrible tragedy, the family suddenly discovered they also had to figure out how to pay the $2,000 in burial expenses.

“What makes this story even more tragic is that in 2008, Congress amended the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, the life insurance program for our veterans and military families, to include stillborn children. However, inexplicably, we omitted a similar amendment for the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program. My bill simply seeks to end that disparity and bring the two programs in line with each other.

“To paraphrase the father from Greenfield, no one will make a profit out of this change, it’s simply to give Federal employees and their families, who pay for their own supplemental life insurance, peace of mind that they won’t be put into financial straits if they ever experience the tragedy of a stillborn baby.”

First, the cost of Basic insurance under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance program is shared between the employee and the Government; with the employee paying 2/3rds of the total cost while the Government pays 1/3rd. The cost of the Optional Coverage under the program – in other words, coverage for spouses and children (including coverage for stillborn children) – is paid 100% by the employee.

Second, stillbirths are fortunately rare. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control, each year in the United States approximately 25,000 babies are stillborn – roughly 1% of all births. Consequently, the probability is that the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program would pay out relatively few claims under the stillborn provision.

11 thoughts on “H.R. 4821: Your Taxpayer Money Hard At Work (Updated)”

  1. This epitomizes what’s happening to this great Republic, coupled with exposing creeps like Massa……hopefully America is beginning to realize if you don’t educate yourself and get involved…..these discussing, self serving, mindless “elected” representatives will dictate how you will live your lives. America deserves so much more…….this is the drudge of the barrel. THEY ALL NEED TO GO along with their Marxist counterparts.

  2. No disrespect, but insurance for dead people? How long would it be before ACORN started collecting on insurance for all the deceased registered democrats?

    And for the record, members of the military deserve better coverage than federal employees.

  3. There must be a contest in DC to see who can come up with the legislation that will impact the least amount of people. I wonder how much money is involved in getting a bill to the floor to actually vote on it.

    My heart goes out to the family but come on how many people die without any kind of life insurance and the family has to come together to pay for the burial costs. It is called life rotten things happen all the time and you just have to deal with it, that includes burial costs.

  4. i hope this is not the “insurance reform” legislation that has been promised……so for the “rare” still birth, all employees will get to pay higher premiums to cover the cost of expanded coverage…..

    the bright spot is that it only applies to federal employees, which is the only insurance reform the feds should be looking at. private sector health care is a states rights issue, and if we did not have to babysit the feds, we would have time to address any health care/insurance issues with our state legislatures.

  5. Each aborted child is still born, about 20 million oer year , are we to pay for abortion and to abort also, this is entitlement Insurance paid for by the tax payer, a $ 2000.00 per year raise for sexual pleasure. on top of all other Entitlements.

  6. What is wrong with everyone? The people who this bill would apply to is a very small number of people, even within the federal government. The people it would help the most are the lower earning employees, who already carry extra insurance for their families mostly because they can’t afford it elsewhere, and suffer the devastating loss of a baby. Funeral costs are exorbitant, which is why people carry basic coverage. Nobody is looking to profit from a stillborn child and certainly nobody in Congress is going to benefit personally from this legislation. The EMPLOYEE pays 100% of the premium for this insurance. Isn’t fair that if the unfortunate event happens, and they are REQUIRED by law to bury their child, their insurance they PAY for should be usable?

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