Results of the 2017 Legislative SessionHB 1537 (13th check) was signed into law by Governor Holcomb on April 20. HB 1537 contained provisions for a 13th check for 2 years – 2017 and 2018. This is the 1st time a 13th check was passed for more than 1 year. To be eligible for the 13th check in 2017 you must be a PERF retiree with an effective date of retirement of December 1, 2016 and entitled to receive a monthly benefit on July 1, 2017. To be eligible for a 13th check in 2018 you must be a PERF retiree with an effective date of retirement of December 1, 2017 and be eligible to receive a monthly benefit on July 1, 2018. PERF normally adds the amount of the 13th check on the regular retirement benefit of September 15th. The amount of the 13th check for 2017 and 2018 is as follows:
|Years of Service||Amount|
|5-10 years (disability)||$150.00|
RIPEA is grateful to our Indiana Legislators and Governor Holcomb for this additional retirement income that our members need to help maintain a reasonable standard of living.