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There are two separate beneficiary designations under the AFTRA Retirement Plan.
Performers earning benefits under the AFTRA Retirement Plan
Once you become vested, you may designate a beneficiary for pension benefits that you have earned under the AFTRA Retirement Plan. In order to designate a beneficiary or to change a beneficiary you have previously designated, submit a completed Designation of Beneficiary Form to the AFTRA Retirement Fund.  It's important to note that if you're married when you retire, your spouse (on that date) is your beneficiary for your pension benefits, unless your spouse consents in writing (on the Application for Retirement Benefits) to you naming another person. Once you retire and begin receiving pension payments, your beneficiary for pension benefits cannot be changed.

Other helpful pages:
Survivor benefits under the AFTRA Retirement Plan
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  • 2023 Earnings Statements Issued

    May 15, 2024, 11:58 AM by sh
    Summary: Performers are encouraged to review and verify the accuracy of information on their Earnings Statement upon receiving the statement in the mail. Review your earnings information online via the participant portal.
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  • The first pension payment of the New Year will arrive by direct deposit on Jan. 2, 2024

    Dec 22, 2023, 12:07 PM by sh
    Summary: The AFTRA Retirement Fund will be distributing the first benefit payment of the 2024 calendar year on Jan. 1, 2024, to ensure that the payment is applied toward your 2024 earnings. However, because of the New Year’s holiday, payments will be posted by the financial institution on Jan. 2, 2024.
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