Survivor Benefits

Survivor benefits are available for actively employed members. Several options may be available to your designated beneficiary in the event of your death before retirement. In all cases, your contributions plus interest can be distributed to your designated beneficiary.

Spouse / California State-Registered Domestic Partner or Minor Child


Regardless of whom you have nominated on your Beneficiary Designation form, a spouse/California state-registered domestic partner or minor child (ren) may override any beneficiary designation you have made and will determine your eligible beneficiary. There is a special authorization required in such cases.

Normal Survivor Benefits for Active Members


The member's beneficiary will be entitled to a death benefit equal to accrued contributions plus accumulated interest and a lump sum payment from the employer equal to one month of final salary for each year of service completed, to a maximum of six years.

Alternate Survivor Benefits for Active Members


Under specific circumstances, the eligible beneficiary may choose an alternative form of the survivor benefit. The available options will depend upon the member's age and accrued service at the time of death, and the circumstances of the member's death. Contact Merced County Employees' Retirement Association (MCERA) for more information.

Survivor Benefits After Retirement


Upon the death of the retiree, payment of any continuance of benefits or refund of contributions is determined by the Benefit Payment Option selected by the member at retirement.