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Benefit Details
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Pension Insurance
Managing Agency Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

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 44 million Americans covered by PBGC insurance protection. PBGC insures nearly 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 pension plan is insured, please search either the single-employer list or the multiemployer list of defined benefit pension plans.

Your Next Steps

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

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 Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Pension Insurance 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