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Timing of 2017 New Year's Holiday Will Have Impact on Pension Payments

Since Jan. 1 2017 falls on a Sunday and Jan. 2, 2017 is an observed Federal holiday, participants will not receive a pension benefit by direct deposit until Jan. 3, 2017. Paper checks, mailed before the first of the month, should arrive by Jan. 10, 2017. If you have not received a check by this date, please call us at 1-800-400-7242 or visit our Contact Us page for other options.

Want to receive future payments more quickly? Direct Deposit is the most secure and fastest way to receive your payment, and your funds are always available on payday. Visit our Payments page for more information, or view the upcoming electronic direct deposit dates. To learn more or sign up for direct deposit, please visit MyPBA or call 1-800-400-7242.

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  • Did you know you may be eligible to receive a Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) that can pay a portion of your health care premiums? Find out more information and sign up for updates at PBGC's HCTC webpage.
     
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Many of us have friends or family members who have been targeted by a fraud or a scam, or maybe it has even happened to you personally. These scams are becoming more sophisticated, and being a target can be scary and confusing.

To help you identify and avoid these scams, PBGC posts fraud alerts in cooperation with its Office of Inspector General to spread awareness about current scams and to limit their impact.

The most recent December 9, 2016, fraud alert, Unsolicited Telephone Calls from PBGC Imposters, warns pension recipients and the general public about scams involving people claiming to be PBGC employees who are calling people regarding pensions they may or may not have earned. The scammers were able to "spoof" the caller ID so that the recipient believed the call was coming from PBGC headquarters in Washington DC. More...

PBGC will pay retirement benefits for more than 900 current and future retirees of Vertellus Specialties Inc., a manufacturer of specialty chemicals based in Indianapolis, Ind.

The company sponsors the Vertellus Specialties Inc. Defined Benefit Retirement Plan.

Vertellus

PBGC is stepping in because Vertellus and 10 affiliates intend to sell the majority of their assets in bankruptcy proceedings and the potential buyer will not continue the pension plan. More...

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The United States Postal Service has issued a service disruption alert due to torrential rain and flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi, and wildfires in California. This may potentially impact delivery of pension checks to retirees who receive payments via regular mail in those areas. If you have not received your pension check by Sept. 12, please call PBGC's Customer Contact Center at (800) 400-7242 for assistance.

Did you know PBGC offers electronic direct deposit? It's the safest, most secure way to receive your pension payments. And you'll no longer have to wait for your check to be mailed, or make a trip to the bank to deposit your check. You can sign up through your MyPBA account, or by contacting the Customer Contact Center. 

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Our customer surveys show us that many visitors to PBGC.gov are looking for an estimate of their retirement benefit. We'd love to provide an instant benefit estimate via MyPBA, but it takes our trained pension experts time to carefully evaluate your personal benefit situation in order to give you an accurate estimate.

Pension Calculator

Calculating pension benefit estimates is complicated because each plan has its own rules, provisions and benefit formulas. No two plans are the same! After we determine the plan's benefits, we apply legal limits to your individual benefit.  We want to make sure we're paying all the benefits you're due, up to the legal limit. More...

Canadian postal workers are scheduled to go on strike July 2, which could affect delivery of pension checks to retirees who receive payments via regular mail living in Canada. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) will mail checks one day early to try to offset any potential delays caused by the strike.

If you have not received your pension check by July 8, please call PBGC's Customer Contact Center at (800) 400-7242 for assistance.