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Payment of Death Benefits
PBPA Executive Board Policy Regarding
the Payment of Death Benefits

Adopted - January 28, 2006

1. Member death benefits shall be paid to the member’s designated beneficiary, or in the event no beneficiary is designated, to the member’s estate in the following amounts:

  1. Members 70 years of age or over shall be paid a benefit amount of five hundred dollars ($500).
  2. Members under the age of 70 shall be paid a benefit amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000).
  3. Members under the age of 70 killed as the result of an accident shall be paid a benefit amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000)
  4. Members killed in the line of duty shall be paid a benefit amount of three thousand dollars ($3,000).
  5. No benefit shall be paid when a member’s death is caused by suicide.

2. All claims for a member death benefit must be made within 1 year of the member’s date of death. In cases where an actual date of death cannot be determined, claims must be received within 1 year of the date of a judicial finding of presumption of death. Claims not made within this time limitation shall not be paid.

3. Except in cases where the Executive Board determines that exigent circumstances exist which justify immediate payment of a member death benefit the following payment policy shall apply. All claims received by the Financial Secretary on or after January 1st and on or before June 30th shall be paid in the following month of July. All claims received by the Financial Secretary on or after July 1st and on or before December 31st shall be paid in the following month of January.



Information needed to claim death benefit

The following items need to be sent to the PB&PA office at:

840 S. Spring Street, Suite A
Springfield, IL 62704

1. Certified Copy of the deceased’s death certificate.

2. The beneficiary’s:

  1. Full Name
  2. Social Security Number
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Current address
  5. Current phone number

(If needed, you can call the office at (217) 523-5141 x209 to verify whom the member had designated as his/her beneficiary.)

3. If no beneficiary has been designated, then the following should be sent with the death certificate:

  1. Name and address of Executor of the Estate
  2. The Executor’s current phone number
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