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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Pension Insurance Benefits

Program Description

Congress set up PBGC to insure the defined-benefit pensions of working Americans. Defined-benefit pension plans are traditional pensions that pay a certain amount each month after you retire. If you have a pension from a private-sector job, you are probably one of the 40 million Americans covered by PBGC insurance protection. PBGC insures more than 26,000 pension plans.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for single-employer pension plans, you must participate in a covered single-employer pension plan. Beneficiaries of employees covered in single-employer pension plans may be eligible for benefit payments.

Multiemployer pension plans are set up pursuant to collective bargaining agreements involving more than one unrelated employer, generally in one industry.

To find out if your single employer or multi-employer pension plan is insured, please visit the Insured Pensions Search.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

For more information about the pension insurance program, please visit the New to PBGC page.
You may also call PBGC's Contact Center, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday - Friday:
1-800-400-7242 (toll free) or 202-326-4000
You can also find an unclaimed pension by using the Unclaimed Pension Search.