Five- or Ten-Year Certain: If you die within five or ten years after retiring (depending which option you chose) NYSLRS pays a beneficiary, or multiple beneficiaries, for the remainder of the five or ten years. Joint-Allowances and Pop-Up Joint Allowances: provide a monthly pension to a single beneficiary for their lifetime if you die first. Widow's Annuity. If you chose the Single Life Allowance, or if you chose a joint allowance but your beneficiary has died, you can change your survivor’s benefit beneficiary at any time by sending us a completed Pensioner’s Designation of Beneficiaries (RS6439) form. Make sure the members Social Security number is correct when filing a claim. All SERS records are maintained according to the member's Social Security number. Death After Retirement. The survivor benefits payable are subject to the same maximums as those payable during active employment, or 80% of the pension amount you were eligible to receive when you died, whichever is less. The occupational death benefit is increased 3% each January 1, following the first anniversary of the annuity. All benefit claims should be made to the Claims Division. Your beneficiaries for this benefit do not have to be the same as your pension payment option beneficiary. If you chose an option that provides for a beneficiary, that beneficiary would be designated “Pensioner” in the Type of Beneficiary column. If you are eligible, the amount is based on the ordinary death benefit you had before you retired and how long you have been retired. The New York State Office of the State Comptroller's website is provided in English. This benefit is payable until the last child reaches age 18 (22 if full-time student), marries, dies, or is no longer disabled. For most retirees, the amount is $3,000. After your survivor begins receiving benefits (s)he should notify SERS if there is a change of address. If your claim is denied, or you question the payment of any benefit, you or your representative may file a written appeal or request a hearing before the Executive Committee. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). This overview deals with the highlights of these benefits. If your death results from a work related cause, your eligible survivors and beneficiaries may qualify for benefits. This can vary from one plan to another, but some retirement plans specifically state that if the widow remarries, the … To protect the health of our members and employees, Retirement System consultation offices are closed until further notice. Benefits are paid to qualified survivors. In order to receive any benefit, your beneficiary must apply for it. With the help of a trained professional If you are survived by your spouse age 50 or over, and you were married at least one year prior to your death, (s)he will receive $1,000, plus a monthly annuity up to a maximum of $400. To schedule a phone consultation, and for all other inquiries, contact us at 1-866-805-0990; 518-474-7736 in the Albany, NY area. If 50% of your earned pension provides a greater monthly benefit than the amounts stated above, the higher amount is payable to your children. This Google™ translation feature is provided for informational purposes only. Your death benefit amounts were provided to you in a letter when you retired. If your spouse dies shortly after retiring, however, you're out of luck.