In addition to coverage selection periods in section 353A.08, subdivisions 3 and 4, the surviving spouse of a member of a public employee retirement association consolidation account who is killed in the line of duty is eligible to make an election of coverage indicated in subdivision 2. If there is no surviving spouse, the legal guardian of the oldest dependent child under the age of 18 is eligible to make an election of coverage under subdivision 2. If there are no surviving dependent children under age 18, then the oldest dependent child who is age 18 to 23 and who is enrolled full time in an accredited postsecondary educational institution is eligible to make the election. A refund may be paid to a designated beneficiary only if:
(1) there are no survivors entitled to benefits under this subdivision; or
(2) the surviving spouse and dependent children, who are between age 18 to 23, permanently waive their rights to benefits in writing and the benefits of dependent children under 18 are waived under a district court order.
(a) Individuals eligible under subdivision 1 may elect, on a form prescribed by the executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Association, to have survivor benefits calculated under the relevant provisions of the public employees police and fire fund benefit plan or to have survivor benefits calculated under the relief association benefit plan. The relevant provisions of the public employee police and fire fund benefit plan for the person electing that benefit coverage are the relevant provisions of the public employee police and fire fund benefit plan applicable to survivor benefits, including participation in the Minnesota postretirement investment fund.
(b) If the election results in an increased benefit amount to the surviving spouse eligible under subdivision 1, or to eligible children if there is no surviving spouse, the increased benefit accrues as of the date on which the survivor benefits payable to the survivors from the consolidation account were first paid. The back payment of any increase in prior benefit amounts, plus any postretirement adjustments payable under section 356.41, or any increase payable under the local relief association bylaws is payable as soon as practicable after the effective date of the election.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes