MSP Surviving Spouses
This is a repost of information from Maryland State Police Alumni Association about what to do if your MSP retired spouse passes away. This information will remain available on Lodge 88’s website.
Surviving Spouses, while this is not a pleasant subject to deal with, it is in the best interest of our members that their families have this information as a reference. At present Mrs. Florence Johnson is the Retirement Coordinator for the Maryland State Police. She prepared the following information for the Maryland State Police Alumni Association to help guide our members through this trying time.
When a retiree passes away, the spouse is entitled to 80% of his or her retirement benefit. The member’s benefits end and are transferred to their spouse. To accomplish this transfer process, a packet is sent from the State Retirement agency to the spouse for completion.
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1. The Beneficiary claim form.
2. The direct deposit form (the spouse has to have the bank complete section II) to change the account over to the spouse, even if it is the same account.
3. Federal and State withholding forms.|
4. Health benefits application (this again changes the benefit to the spouse).
These forms must be completed and returned to the State Retirement Agency along with the following:
1. A certified copy of the death certificate.
2. A copy of the Spouse’s Social Security card.
3. Proof of birth which can be a drivers license or birth certificate.
4. A copy of their marriage license.
Mrs. Johnson is the current administrator for this process and can be reached at Headquarters, just call her at 410/653-4342, or you may call MSP Headquarters Duty Officer at 410/653-4200, and asking for Mrs. Johnson.