Minnesota Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Death benefit was established at $100,000 to spouse or spouse and dependent children and increases periodically. The dependent children must be less than 23 years of age (age extended to 30 years of age for those who served on active military duty for at least 181 consecutive days and were honorably discharged or released). If no spouse or dependent children, payment to dependent parents. Benefit adjusted annually based on the consumer price index. As of October 1, 2011, benefit is $143,987.62.

Benefit for career and legally enrolled members of volunteer fire departments.

Contact
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of the Commissioner
444 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 201-7000
Website: www.dps.state.mn.us

(Reference: Minnesota Statute 299A:44 2007)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Covers all firefighters killed or disabled in the line of duty. Benefit for spouse with no children is 50% of employee’s weekly wage at time of death; 60% for spouse with one child. Benefit for spouse with two or more children is 66 2/3%.

Benefit for spouse with no children lasts for 10 years. For spouse with children, benefit continues 10 years after last child is no longer dependent, at a rate equal to 50% of employee’s weekly wage at time of death. Spousal benefit continues after remarriage.

Unmarried children eligible until age 18 or longer if disabled and incapable of self-support, or until age 25 if full-time student. Benefit adjusted to reflect cost of living increases. Medical costs directly related to the injury are paid. Combined total of government benefits and Workers’ Compensation cannot exceed 100% of employee’s weekly wage.

Special Note: For volunteer firefighters and rescue workers, workers’ compensation liability is the responsibility of the entity for which the emergency services are provided while the employee is responding to the call. Compensation is based on the usual wage for similar services performed by paid employees.

Contact
Workers’ Compensation Division
State Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 284-5005
Toll Free: (800) 342-5354
Website: www.dli.mn.gov

(Reference: Minnesota Statutes 176.111 Section d)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum burial allowance of $15,000.

Contact
Workers’ Compensation Division
State Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 284-5005
Toll Free: (800) 342-5354
Website: www.dli.mn.gov

(Reference: Minnesota Statutes 176.111 Section 18)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

For firefighters covered under Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) of Minnesota, Police and Fire Plan: If a member dies in the line of duty, spouse is eligible for a Lifetime Survivor Benefit based on either 50% of average salary during six months of public service immediately prior to death or on a formula using several factors. Spouse will always receive the higher of the two options. Spousal benefits continue for life, even upon remarriage. If member is under age 50, dependents are only eligible for the Lifetime Survivor Benefit, not other formula. Dependent children eligible for benefits equal to 10% of the employee’s salary during the last six months of public service. Dependent children eligible for benefits until age 18 or, if a full-time student, until age 23. Maximum family benefit is 70% of average monthly salary during last six months of service; minimum family benefit is 50% of this salary.

Disability: PERA Members injured in the line of duty may receive benefits equal to 60% of average salary over the five highest-paid years of service, presuming 20 years of service. There is no minimum service time required to qualify and condition must be expected to last more than one year. Firefighters who are totally and permanently disabled as a result of a line-of-duty injury receive the duty disability and continued health insurance benefits for life.

Contact
Public Employees Retirement Association
60 Empire Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55103-2088
Phone: (651) 296-7460
Toll Free: (800) 652-9026
Website: www.mnpera.org


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Provides tuition and fees for undergraduate or certificate programs at state-supported colleges and universities. If student attends approved Minnesota private college or university, state will pay no more than the highest tuition and fees charged by a Minnesota public institution. Eligible until age 23. Renewable for a maximum of eight semesters or 12 quarters, whichever occurs first. Annual full-time tuition and fee maximums are $10,488 for students in a four-year degree program and $5,808 for students in a 2 year-degree program (2010).

Eligibility limited to children of firefighters killed in the line of duty which does not include death from natural causes. Eligibility determined by Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Applicants must present a “Public Safety Officer’s Benefit Fund Certificate” issued by the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety to qualify for tuition benefits.

Contact
Public Safety Officer’s Survivor Grant Program
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
c/o – Nancy Reissner
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 100, NCL Tower
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 201-7165
Website: www.getreadyforcollege.org
E-mail: [email protected]

(Reference: Minnesota Statutes 136A.121)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children, except no age limit. Eligibility limited to spouses of firefighters killed in the line of duty which does not include death from natural causes.

Contact
Public Safety Officer’s Survivor Grant Program
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
c/o – Nancy Reissner
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 100, NCL Tower
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 201-7165
Website: www.getreadyforcollege.org
E-mail: [email protected]

(Reference: Minnesota Statutes 136A.121)

NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Provides immediate contribution of $3,500.

Contact
Minnesota 100 Club
PO Box 18784
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Phone: (651) 408-0242
Website: www.minnesota100club.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Joint effort of the MN Professional Fire Fighters, the MN State Fire Chief’s Organization, and the MN State Fire Departments Association. Provides minimum of one $1,000 scholarship per year to a survivor of a fallen firefighter. Children eligible through calendar year of reaching age 23. Spouse eligible up to five years following the death, starting with the calendar year after the death.

Contact
Minnesota Fire Service Foundation
1710 County Highway 10
Spring Lakes, MN 55432
Phone: (866)-MNM-EM99
Website: www.msfca.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


 

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.