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Budget Summary FY2018

Outside Section 51
Data Current as of:  12/6/2017




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Gold Star Families 1

SECTION 51.   The third paragraph of section 6B of said chapter 115, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:- Such payments shall be due and payable from the date of the parents' and surviving spouse's application; provided, however, that the first payment shall be retroactive to the applicant's initial date of eligibility if the deceased member or the parent or spouse making application was a resident of the commonwealth at the time of death and the parent or spouse making application is a resident of the commonwealth at the time of application. For the purposes of calculating any retroactive payment of benefits under this section, the initial date of eligibility shall be the later of: (i) the date of death of the member of the armed forces of the United States; or (ii) July 1, 1998, in the case of parents and November 11, 2005, in the case of a spouse.