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Guaranteed Benefits

PBGC guarantees basic plan pension benefits, including pension benefits at normal retirement age, most early retirement benefits, disability benefits, and annuity benefits for survivors of pension plan participants. Find out more, including our Maximum Monthly Guarantee Tables.


Whether you are currently receiving pension payments or entitled to payments in the future, learn how PBGC pays your benefits, including the dates on which we will mail your checks or pay you by Electronic Direct Deposit.


PBGC makes three distinct types of payments to beneficiaries. See who qualifies and how to designate a beneficiary.

Appealing Formal Determinations

If you can provide a specific reason why PBGC’s formal determination of your benefit is wrong, you may appeal the PBGC determination within 45 days.

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Contact Us

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Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)

If you are receiving benefit payments from PBGC, you may be able to receive the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) to help cover a portion of the cost of your family's monthly health care premiums.

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

All or part of a participant’s benefit may be assigned to one or more other people through domestic relations orders relating to child support, alimony payments, or marital property rights of a spouse, former spouse, child, or other dependent.

State Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Offices

Find information about state guaranty associations that protect payments under annuities purchased from private insurance companies.