Michigan Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

$25,000 to the spouse of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty or to an officer permanently disabled.

Those officers covered include regularly employed members of a fire department of a city, county, township, village, state university, or community college, or a member of the department of natural resources who is employed to fight fires. Volunteer members of a fire department are also covered.

The death or permanent disability must be in the line of duty. This means any action which a firefighter is obligated or authorized by rule, regulations, conditions of employment or service, or law to perform.

The benefit goes to the surviving spouse. If no spouse, surviving dependents receive the benefit.

The benefit shall be paid in addition to any other benefit that the beneficiary receives as a result of the death.

Contact
Michigan Public Safety Officers Benefits Program
Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
106 W. Allegan, Suite 600
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 322-1417
Fax: (517) 322-6439
Website: www.michigan/gov/mcoles

(Reference: Public Safety Officers Benefit Act – Public Act 46 of 2004)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Benefit is 80% of after-tax value of worker’s wages for spouse or spouse with children under age 21. Weekly minimum and maximum for up to 500 weeks. Spousal benefit terminated upon remarriage.

On-call members: Entitled to all benefits when injured in the performance of duties whether paid or unpaid. Shall be considered to be receiving the state average weekly wage at the time of injury unless the actual average wage was greater.

Contact
Workers’ Compensation Agency
7150 Harris Drive, 1st Floor, B-Wing (Physical Address)
Dimondale, MI 48821
OR
P.O. Box 30016 (Mailing Address)
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (888)396-5041
E-mail: wcinfo@michigan.gov
Website: www.michigan.gov/wca


FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum burial allowance of $6,000 or actual costs, whichever is less.

Contact
Workers’ Compensation Agency
7150 Harris Drive, 1st Floor, B-Wing (Physical Address)
Dimondale, MI 48821
OR
P.O. Box 30016 (Mailing Address)
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (888)396-5041
E-mail: wcinfo@michigan.gov
Website: www.michigan.gov/wca

(Reference: Act 317 of 1969 Chapter 418-345)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Under Firefighters and Police Officers Retirement Act, spouse receives pension of the same amount as that which has been paid as a weekly benefit under Workers’ Compensation. Pension becomes payable upon the termination of the Workers’ Compensation and continues for spouse’s life or until remarriage.

Dependent children receive pension of same amount as they received under Workers’ Compensation when that payment ceased. Payment to unmarried children continues until age 18.

Contact: Firefighters and Police Officers Retirement Board

Career and volunteer firefighters: Under Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan, payment to spouse shall not be less than 25% of the member’s final average compensation. Surviving child’s allowance shall not be less than an equal share of 25% of the member’s final average compensation. If the municipality has adopted Benefit Program D-2, the allowance shall not be less than the amount computed as if the member had acquired an additional 10 years of service not to exceed a total of 30 years of credited service. Remarriage of the spouse does not end eligibility to receive pension. Unmarried children are eligible until age 21.

Contact
Michigan Employees Retirement System (MERS)
1134 Municipal Way
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517) 327-8336 or (800) 767-6377
Website: www.mersofmich.com

(Reference: Michigan Statutes, Chapter 38)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Death must have been result of traumatic injury. Provides tuition waiver at public community and junior colleges and state universities for classes leading to a certificate or undergraduate degree. Must be under 21 at time of initial application for benefit. Some income restrictions apply. Available for a maximum of 9 semesters or completion of bachelor’s degree-whichever comes first.

Contact
Survivor Tuition Program
Michigan Department of Treasury
Office of Scholarships and Grants
PO Box 30462
Lansing, MI 48909-7962
Phone: (888) 447-2687
Website: www.michigan.gov/osg
E-mail: osg@michigan.gov

(Reference: Police Officer and Firefighter Survivor Tuition Act, Public Act 195)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children, except for age limit.

Contact
Survivor Tuition Program
Michigan Department of Treasury
Office of Scholarships and Grants
PO Box 30462
Lansing, MI 48909-7962
Phone: (888) 447-2687
Website: www.michigan.gov/osg
E-mail: osg@michigan.gov

(Reference: Police Officer and Firefighter Survivor Tuition Act, Public Act 195)

NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Carl Parsell Scholarships are awarded to deserving college bound students who desire assistance with their college tuition. Those benefiting from this program are the families of MAP, MAPE, and MAFF union members. Carl Parsell Scholarships may be used to cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees during the 2012-2013 school year. Scholars may use the award to attend any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two or four year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license. Funds derived from the Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. The maximum award available per student is $1,000 (one thousand dollars).

To be eligible to compete in The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund Program:

  • Scholarship candidates must be a resident of the State of Michigan.
  • Scholarship candidates must be a member of, or immediately related to a member of one of the following organizations:
    • Michigan Association of Police, or
    • Michigan Association of Public Employees, or
    • Michigan Association of Fire Fighters
  • Scholarship candidates must have, or will have completed a high school education or its equivalent, on or prior to June 30, 2012.
  • Scholarship candidates must not have been convicted of any misdemeanors or felonies.
  • Scholars must be enrolled at the time of receipt of the scholarship as a full time student in an accredited institution of higher learning. This would include attendance at any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two or four-year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license.

Contact
The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund
27704 Franklin Rd
Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: (248) 304-8806
Toll Free: (800) 368-1159
Website: www.maff.org

Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a member in good standing of one of our other benefits.

First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.

Contact:
Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnham St
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 225-3108
Website: www.woodmen.org


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Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.