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Indiana Public Retirement System

Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) > My Fund > Public Employees > State Employee Death Benefit Changes State Employee Death Benefit Changes

The 2013 Indiana General Assembly recently approved legislation regarding state employee death benefit changes.  SEA 324 becomes effective July 1, 2013.

  • The death benefit for a state employee who dies in the line of duty is $100,000. This replaces the current amount of $50,000.
  • Surviving stepchildren are now entitled to receive a death benefit of a state employee who died in the line of duty.
  • Dependent children and stepchildren will receive a death benefit of a state employee who died in the line of duty.
  • Defines dependent as the child or stepchild that the state employee claimed on his or her federal income tax return the year before the state employee’s death.

Under IC 5-10-11-3, employees of state educational institutions are not eligible for this benefit. In addition, beneficiaries who receive the special death benefit under IC 5-10-10, for public safety officers who died in the line-of-duty, are not eligible for this benefit.

If you have questions, e-mail us at questions@inprs.in.gov or call us at (888) 526-1687 for more information.