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Eligible Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner


If You Die After Retirement
In the event of your death, your beneficiary will be entitled to the following survivor benefits:

  • Any unused contributions (if applicable)
  • A $2,500 Funeral Expense Allowance
  • Any accrued but unpaid Retirement Allowance for the month of your death, up to and including the date of your death

Eligibility for a Continuance:
In order for your Survivor to be eligible for a Continuance benefit, you must have been:

  • Married to your Spouse or had your Domestic Partnership registered by the State or LACERS at least one year prior to the date of your Service Retirement
  • Married to your Spouse or in your State or LACERS-registered Domestic Partnership on the date of your Service Retirement
  • Married to your Spouse in your State or LACERS-registered Domestic Partnership on the date of your death

Your Eligible Survivor (i.e., surviving spouse or domestic partner) may continue receiving LACERS medical/dental coverage at the time of your death, if he/she:

  • Was covered as a dependent at the time of your death; and
  • Is eligible to receive a LACERS monthly Continuance or Survivorship allowance; and
  • Has a LACERS Continuance or Survivorship allowance that is enough to pay any monthly medical premium payroll deduction; and
  • Re-enrolls in a medical/dental plan within 60 days of your death.

If your Eligible Survivor (i.e., surviving spouse or domestic partner) was not covered by a LACERS medical/dental plan at the time of your death, but is receiving a Continuance or Survivorship allowance from LACERS, he/she may enroll in a LACERS medical/dental plan during the annual Open Enrollment period (October 15 - November 15).

Eligible Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner Subsidy
Your Eligible Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner is entitled to a medical subsidy if, at the time of your death, you were receiving or were eligible to receive a medical subsidy.

If you die prior to receiving your medical subsidy (e.g., while working for the City), your Eligible Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner would be eligible to receive a medical subsidy on the date when you would have become eligible to receive your subsidy.

Your Eligible Survivor’s (i.e., surviving spouse or domestic partner) subsidy is based on:

  • Your years of City Service (minimum of 10 years)
  • The date you would have turned age 55
  • Your Eligible Survivor’s (i.e., surviving spouse or domestic partner) eligibility for Medicare

If you are the Eligible Survivor(i.e., surviving spouse or domestic partner) of a LACERS Member who retired on or after July 1, 2011 and who did not make additional retirement contributions pursuant to Los Angeles Administrative Code Section 4.1031.2(c), please refer to the Health Benefits Guide Supplement for your subsidy information and deduction charts. For more information, please contact LACERS.

NOTE: Eligible Survivors (i.e., surviving spouses/domestic partners) are not eligible to receive any medical subsidy toward coverage for their dependents; they must pay the full cost of their dependents’ premiums through deductions from their monthly Continuance or Survivorship allowances.