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Thomas P. DiNapoli

State Police Plan

For PFRS Tier 2, 5 and 6 Members

(Section 381-b)

Alternative and Out-of-Service Death Benefits

Alternative Death Benefit

If you die after you are eligible to retire, an alternative death benefit, which would be greater than the Ordinary Death Benefit, may be payable. This alternative benefit is only paid if it is larger than other death benefits.

Out-of-Service Death Benefit

If you are a vested member with at least ten years of credited service, but you have not retired, and you die more than one year after leaving public employment, 50 percent of the death benefit may still be payable. This benefit is also payable if you die within one year of leaving covered service, but were gainfully employed during that year.


Your family or employer should notify us of your death as soon as possible, so we can send the appropriate forms to your beneficiary.