Survivor Benefits

Dec 10, 2020, 08:59 AM

Steps survivors should take following the death of a member

We understand that this can be a difficult topic to discuss for our members and their loved ones, however, knowing what steps to take as a survivor is important for you and your beneficiaries. We encourage you to learn more and to contact us with any concerns or questions. Below is a simple overview of the initial steps to take for a survivor in the event of the death of one of our members. Please see the Death page on our website for more information.

The first steps survivors should take when a member dies are:

  • Contact us as soon as possible when anyone receiving (or eligible for) a MOSERS benefit dies.
  • MOSERS will send you a letter explaining any benefits available to you.
  • Apply. You must complete and return the forms we send to you. We can’t pay benefits to survivors and beneficiaries without the required documents.
  • Submit the death certificate and an acceptable proof-of-age-and-lawful presence document.
  • If you want to have insurance proceeds pay funeral expenses, send us the assignment paperwork and an itemized statement of expenses from the funeral home.
  • Contact our MO Deferred Comp staff and other benefit providers such as MCHCP, and Social Security.
Additional information

If you are retired, elected a joint & survivor payment option, and your spouse dies first, you may be eligible for a pop-up of your monthly pension benefit. If a retiree dies, the benefit payment option they elected at retirement will determine if we pay survivor benefits.

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