DFAS has announced an Open Enrollment Widow for the DoD Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) for same sex couples.
Military Retirees who were married to a same-sex spouse on or before June 26, 2013, may now have spouse coverage in the SBP. Depending on the retiree’s circumstances, enrollment for their spouse may be automatic or the retiree may need to elect spouse coverage. Either way, retirees MUST ACT by June 25, 2014 to participate in the SBP Open Enrollment Window.
The DFAS announcement encourages Military Retirees with same-sex spouses to visit http://go.usa.gov/Ww6x as soon as possible for more information to learn what steps are to be taken by June 25, 2014 to secure or decline the SBP benefit for their spouse. (NOTE: The above link takes you to the DFAS website that discusses the general topic of SBP and making the election. (See: http://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/provide/sbp.html) There are other links to websites with information about who is eligible, costs, and the procedures.)
Although it is not discussed in the DFAS announcement, same-sex “former spouses” would also be eligible for court awarded Former Spouse SBP coverage in the event of a divorce or dissolution of a same-sex marriage.