Retirement Option 4 is a customized benefit option that allows you to receive a reduced allowance during your lifetime in order to provide a fixed percentage or set dollar amount for one or more of your named beneficiaries upon your death. The reduction to your benefit is based on the difference in your age and the age of your beneficiaries. The greater your age difference, the greater the reduction.
This option may be advantageous if you want your monthly survivor benefit paid to more than one beneficiary. It may also be appropriate if you have been ordered by a court to name an ex-spouse as your beneficiary.
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|Eligible Beneficiary||A, B, C, D or G Survivor Benefit||Plan E Survivor Benefit||Change Beneficiary After Retirement|
|Any named beneficiary(ies) with an insurable interest in your life||Member can provide a fixed percentage or a set dollar amount to one or more beneficiaries||Member can provide a fixed percentage or a set dollar amount to one or more beneficiaries||No|
To estimate your monthly allowance amount under the different options, log in My LACERA to use the retirement benefit estimate calculator.
Under Retirement Option 4, you may choose anyone with an insurable interest in your life as your beneficiary. People with an insurable interest in your life include those who depend on you for education, support, money, property, and/or services.
Changing Your Beneficiary After Retirement
- Beneficiary of the Survivor Allowance
- With Retirement Option 4, you may not change the beneficiaries of your retirement benefit after you retire. If your beneficiaries die before you, the reduction to your retirement allowance remains in effect.
- Beneficiary of the Lump-Sum Death/Burial Benefit
- All LACERA retirees are entitled to designate someone to receive a one-time, $5,000 lump-sum death/burial benefit. This benefit is flexible, and you may change the named beneficiary after retirement.
Retiree and Survivor Healthcare
All LACERA retirees are eligible to enroll in a LACERA-administered retiree healthcare plan. Upon the death of a retired member, any survivor or beneficiary who is receiving a continuing monthly benefit from LACERA and who qualifies as a surviving eligible dependent, as defined by LACERA’s Retiree Healthcare Administrative Guidelines, is eligible to enroll in LACERA-administered healthcare coverage.
Under Retirement Option 4, the beneficiary of your retirement allowance may be anyone with an insurable interest in your life. For survivor retiree healthcare, however, stricter eligibility rules apply. Speak to a LACERA Retirement Benefits Specialist to determine whether your selected beneficiary(ies) under Retirement Option 4 would be eligible for survivor retiree healthcare.
At retirement, if you do not designate your eligible beneficiary to receive a continuing benefit upon your death, he or she will not be eligible for LACERA-administered survivor healthcare.
If you are ready to start the retirement process, call LACERA at 800-786-6464 or schedule an appointment to speak with a Retirement Benefits Specialist.