Stop the Florida Retirement System from taken retirement benefits from seniors!

Stop the Florida Retirement System from taken retirement benefits from seniors!

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Brenda Wilson started this petition to Governor Ron DeSantis

My mother worked for a hospital in Florida for over ten years. She was a very good at her job and really cared about her patients. She worked long hours, sometimes double shifts. When this job ended she was fully vested but I don’t think she understood what that meant. She moved to Georgia in 2013 to live with me. She was also diagnosed with dementia that same year. My mother never received a statement of her retirement and she never mentioned it to me. I didn’t know anything about it. Sadly, my mother passed in February of last year (2018). She had just turned 72 in January(2018). A letter came to my house in July addressed to my mom from the Florida  Retirement System. The letter stated that she qualified to receive distribution from her retirement benefits at the age of 70 1/2. Well, she was 72 and deceased, so why was she just now receiving a benefit letter. I called Florida and informed them that my mother was deceased. They told me that they had to look into whether or not her beneficiaries would receive what was in her pension. In August I received another letter stating that her beneficiaries would not be able to receive the full amount of her pension, but only the amount that she had put into the plan- which was very small. I called and told them I didn’t think that was fair being that my mother didn’t know she had a pension, therefore, she was not able to take advantage of the full amount of the benefits. My point is, a letter was sent addressed to her after she was deceased, therefore, they did not have to pay the full amount. I was told that they don’t send out statements to terminated employees. So why did they send this letter? I think they purposely don’t send out statements so that they don’t have to pay the benefits. My mother deserved her pension and the state of Florida Retirement System cheated her out of it! 

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