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Sec. 10-183h. Death benefits.

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Sec. 10-183h. Death benefits. (a) Survivors' benefits; waiver. The basic survivor's monthly benefit, subject to a family maximum of one thousand five hundred dollars, shall be (1) three hundred dollars each for a surviving spouse, plus twenty-five dollars for each year of service in excess of twelve years in the Connecticut public schools completed by the member, subject to a maximum monthly benefit of six hundred dollars, (2) three hundred dollars each for a dependent former spouse; for a dependent parent if there is no surviving spouse or dependent child; and for a legal guardian of any dependent child if there is no surviving spouse, dependent former spouse or dependent parent, and (3) three hundred dollars for each dependent child. In applying the family maximum, the benefit shall be first allocated to the child or children, with the excess allocated to the surviving spouse and any dependent former spouse in proportion to the amount each would receive according to the above formula. Payment of the benefit shall commence on the last day of the month following the month of the member's death. Such benefit shall continue through the month preceding the month in which the survivor dies or ceases to be eligible for such benefit. Such benefit to the legal guardian of dependent children shall continue until all such children are no longer dependent, as defined in section 10-183b. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, any such surviving spouse, dependent former spouse, dependent parent or legal guardian may waive the right to payment of the benefit under this subsection in order that a designated beneficiary who is the child of the deceased member may receive such member's accumulated contributions plus credited interest. Such waiver shall be made prior to the payment of the benefit to any such surviving spouse, dependent former spouse, dependent parent or legal guardian. (b) Lump sum death benefits. If no coparticipant option under 10-183j has become effective, a lump sum death benefit shall be payable to the surviving spouse. Such benefit shall be one thousand dollars for five years or less of Connecticut public school service, plus two hundred dollars for each year of credited service in excess of five years, to a maximum of two thousand dollars. For purposes of this subsection, purchased military service and purchased leaves of absence under subdivisions (3) and (8) of subsection (b) of section 10-183e shall be deemed to be Connecticut public school service. If there is no surviving spouse, such benefit shall be equal to the member's burial expenses but not in excess of what would have been payable to a surviving spouse and shall be payable to the person who paid such expenses. No payment under this subsection shall be made unless application for the payment is filed with the board within two years of such member's death. (c) Return of accumulated contributions to sole survivor. In lieu of such basic survivor's benefit and such lump sum benefit, a sole survivor who has attained age eighteen, and is the member's designated beneficiary may elect to receive an amount equal to such member's accumulated contributions together with credited interest. When a member has designated two or more beneficiaries, who have, at the time of such member's death, attained age eighteen, the one entitled to basic survivor's benefits, if any, shall be deemed the sole survivor within the meaning of this subsection, provided, that all other designated beneficiaries relinquish all claim to any amounts that may be due them from the system. (d) Surviving spouse's benefit. On and after July 1, 1998, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a monthly benefit for life equal to the benefit payable if a one hundred per cent coparticipant's option had been elected or an amount equal to the member's accumulated contributions with credited interest. An election under this subsection may be made only in cases where (1) the spouse is such member's sole designated beneficiary or where all other designated beneficiaries relinquish all claim to any amounts that may be due them from the system and (2) such member at the time of death was eligible for a retirement benefit other than a disability benefit. (e) Benefit payable when contributions exceed payments. If no coparticipant option has become effective and if the aggregate payments under this section are less than the accumulated mandatory contributions of a deceased member plus credited interest, there shall be paid to such member's designated beneficiary an amount equal to the difference between such aggregate payments and such accumulated mandatory contributions plus credited interest. (f) Continuation of benefit upon remarriage. Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (B) of subdivision (22) of section 10-183b, benefits payable under this section to a surviving spouse shall not be terminated because of remarriage if such surviving spouse has attained the age of sixty. (g) Spouse's options when member dies after filing retirement application but before effective date of retirement. If a member who has filed an application for retirement dies prior to the effective date of retirement, such member's spouse, if such spouse is designated on such application as the sole beneficiary, may elect to receive either (1) the preretirement death benefits as set forth in this section, or (2) the benefit payment option selected by the deceased member on such retirement application. (P.A. 78-208, S. 7, 35; P.A. 80-376, S. 2, 3; 80-408, S. 3; P.A. 81-281; P.A. 97-301, S. 9, 10; P.A. 98-251, S. 4, 5, 7; P.A. 06-190, S. 4.) History: P.A. 80-376 amended Subsec. (d) to replace provision allowing election of monthly benefit when deceased was eligible for early retirement with provision allowing such election when deceased was eligible for any retirement benefit other than disability benefit and added Subsec. (f) re continuance of benefits upon remarriage of surviving spouse 60 or older; P.A. 80-408 amended Subsec. (b) to delete "wartime" with reference to military service; P.A. 81-281 extended benefit eligibility under Subsec. (a) to legal guardians of dependent children if there is no surviving spouse, dependent former spouse or dependent parent, such benefit to continue until all children are no longer dependent; P.A. 97-301 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize waiver of benefit payment in certain circumstances, provided waiver is made prior to benefit payment, effective July 8, 1997; P.A. 98-251 amended Subsec. (a) to increase family maximum of basic survivor's monthly benefit from $600 to $1,500, to increase benefit for surviving spouse from $300 to $300 plus $25 for each year of service in excess of 12 years, subject to monthly maximum benefit of $600, to increase benefit for each dependent child from $200 to $300, to delete provision re allocation of $300 total in equal shares if more than one child is eligible, and to clarify that in applying family maximum, benefit shall be first allocated to child or children, with excess allocated to surviving spouse and any dependent former spouse "in proportion to the amount each would receive according to the above formula", effective June 8, 1998, and applicable to any person receiving benefits from the system on said date, and amended Subsec. (d) to allow, on and after July 1, 1998, surviving spouse to elect monthly benefit payable if a 100%, rather than one-half, coparticipant's option had been elected, effective June 8, 1998, and applicable to surviving spouse of a member who dies on or after August 15, 1997; P.A. 06-190 added Subsec. (g) to allow spouse of member who files for retirement and dies prior to retirement effective date, if such spouse is sole beneficiary, to elect applicable preretirement death benefits or benefit option selected by member on retirement application, effective July 1, 2006.
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  •       Sec. 10-183h. Death benefits. (a) Survivors' benefits; waiver. The basic survivor's monthly benefit, subject to a family maximum of one thousand five hundred dollars, shall be (1) three hundred dollars each for a surviving spouse, plus twenty-five dollars for each year of service in excess of twelve years in the Connecticut public schools completed by the member, subject to a maximum monthly benefit of six hundred dollars, (2) three hundred dollars each for a dependent former spouse; for a dependent parent if there is no surviving spouse or dependent child; and for a legal guardian of any dependent child if there is no surviving spouse, dependent former spouse or dependent parent, and (3) three hundred dollars for each dependent child. In applying the family maximum, the benefit shall be first allocated to the child or children, with the excess allocated to the surviving spouse and any dependent former spouse in proportion to the amount each would receive according to the above formula. Payment of the benefit shall commence on the last day of the month following the month of the member's death. Such benefit shall continue through the month preceding the month in which the survivor dies or ceases to be eligible for such benefit. Such benefit to the legal guardian of dependent children shall continue until all such children are no longer dependent, as defined in section 10-183b. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, any such surviving spouse, dependent former spouse, dependent parent or legal guardian may waive the right to payment of the benefit under this subsection in order that a designated beneficiary who is the child of the deceased member may receive such member's accumulated contributions plus credited interest. Such waiver shall be made prior to the payment of the benefit to any such surviving spouse, dependent former spouse, dependent parent or legal guardian.

          (b) Lump sum death benefits. If no coparticipant option under 10-183j has become effective, a lump sum death benefit shall be payable to the surviving spouse. Such benefit shall be one thousand dollars for five years or less of Connecticut public school service, plus two hundred dollars for each year of credited service in excess of five years, to a maximum of two thousand dollars. For purposes of this subsection, purchased military service and purchased leaves of absence under subdivisions (3) and (8) of subsection (b) of section 10-183e shall be deemed to be Connecticut public school service. If there is no surviving spouse, such benefit shall be equal to the member's burial expenses but not in excess of what would have been payable to a surviving spouse and shall be payable to the person who paid such expenses. No payment under this subsection shall be made unless application for the payment is filed with the board within two years of such member's death.

          (c) Return of accumulated contributions to sole survivor. In lieu of such basic survivor's benefit and such lump sum benefit, a sole survivor who has attained age eighteen, and is the member's designated beneficiary may elect to receive an amount equal to such member's accumulated contributions together with credited interest. When a member has designated two or more beneficiaries, who have, at the time of such member's death, attained age eighteen, the one entitled to basic survivor's benefits, if any, shall be deemed the sole survivor within the meaning of this subsection, provided, that all other designated beneficiaries relinquish all claim to any amounts that may be due them from the system.

          (d) Surviving spouse's benefit. On and after July 1, 1998, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a monthly benefit for life equal to the benefit payable if a one hundred per cent coparticipant's option had been elected or an amount equal to the member's accumulated contributions with credited interest. An election under this subsection may be made only in cases where (1) the spouse is such member's sole designated beneficiary or where all other designated beneficiaries relinquish all claim to any amounts that may be due them from the system and (2) such member at the time of death was eligible for a retirement benefit other than a disability benefit.

          (e) Benefit payable when contributions exceed payments. If no coparticipant option has become effective and if the aggregate payments under this section are less than the accumulated mandatory contributions of a deceased member plus credited interest, there shall be paid to such member's designated beneficiary an amount equal to the difference between such aggregate payments and such accumulated mandatory contributions plus credited interest.

          (f) Continuation of benefit upon remarriage. Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (B) of subdivision (22) of section 10-183b, benefits payable under this section to a surviving spouse shall not be terminated because of remarriage if such surviving spouse has attained the age of sixty.

          (g) Spouse's options when member dies after filing retirement application but before effective date of retirement. If a member who has filed an application for retirement dies prior to the effective date of retirement, such member's spouse, if such spouse is designated on such application as the sole beneficiary, may elect to receive either (1) the preretirement death benefits as set forth in this section, or (2) the benefit payment option selected by the deceased member on such retirement application.

          (P.A. 78-208, S. 7, 35; P.A. 80-376, S. 2, 3; 80-408, S. 3; P.A. 81-281; P.A. 97-301, S. 9, 10; P.A. 98-251, S. 4, 5, 7; P.A. 06-190, S. 4.)

          History: P.A. 80-376 amended Subsec. (d) to replace provision allowing election of monthly benefit when deceased was eligible for early retirement with provision allowing such election when deceased was eligible for any retirement benefit other than disability benefit and added Subsec. (f) re continuance of benefits upon remarriage of surviving spouse 60 or older; P.A. 80-408 amended Subsec. (b) to delete "wartime" with reference to military service; P.A. 81-281 extended benefit eligibility under Subsec. (a) to legal guardians of dependent children if there is no surviving spouse, dependent former spouse or dependent parent, such benefit to continue until all children are no longer dependent; P.A. 97-301 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize waiver of benefit payment in certain circumstances, provided waiver is made prior to benefit payment, effective July 8, 1997; P.A. 98-251 amended Subsec. (a) to increase family maximum of basic survivor's monthly benefit from $600 to $1,500, to increase benefit for surviving spouse from $300 to $300 plus $25 for each year of service in excess of 12 years, subject to monthly maximum benefit of $600, to increase benefit for each dependent child from $200 to $300, to delete provision re allocation of $300 total in equal shares if more than one child is eligible, and to clarify that in applying family maximum, benefit shall be first allocated to child or children, with excess allocated to surviving spouse and any dependent former spouse "in proportion to the amount each would receive according to the above formula", effective June 8, 1998, and applicable to any person receiving benefits from the system on said date, and amended Subsec. (d) to allow, on and after July 1, 1998, surviving spouse to elect monthly benefit payable if a 100%, rather than one-half, coparticipant's option had been elected, effective June 8, 1998, and applicable to surviving spouse of a member who dies on or after August 15, 1997; P.A. 06-190 added Subsec. (g) to allow spouse of member who files for retirement and dies prior to retirement effective date, if such spouse is sole beneficiary, to elect applicable preretirement death benefits or benefit option selected by member on retirement application, effective July 1, 2006.

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