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Retiree Death Benefit Payment Process

It is important to know which death benefits your beneficiary is entitled to receive. ACERA Member Services can help you make this determination. To assist and expedite the processing and payment of any potential death benefit, ACERA must have the following:  

  • For monthly continuance payments, ACERA requires: 

    • A copy of beneficiary’s birth certificate  
    • A copy of beneficiary’s social security card  
    • A copy of marriage certificate or state-registered domestic partnership declaration, if applicable  
    • An original certified copy of retired member’s death certificate  
  • For lump sum payments, ACERA requires: 
    • A copy of beneficiary’s social security card  
    • An original certified copy of retired member’s death certificate  

Delays in submitting this documentation to ACERA may result in a delay of monthly continuance payments and may affect your surviving spouse’s/state-registered domestic partner’s and dependents’ health plan coverage. You may want to provide the documents listed above to ACERA now. Then, in the event of your death, your beneficiary need only provide a death certificate.

Continuing ACERA Healthcare Enrollment After the Death of an ACERA Retiree

Survivors of ACERA retirees may maintain their enrollment in ACERA healthcare plans after the death of the retiree. One thing to note is that while family members and survivors can be enrolled, no subsidies are available to cover the cost of the coverage, so the survivor must pay the full cost.

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