Tonight we filled out the online forms for Hubster's Carpenter's Pension to begin. We had busy busy daylight hours today that kept us from getting it done during the day.
It has to be printed out and taken in for a notarized signature. Spouses are protected from being left out of pension benefits and decisions by the law requiring that we sign off on the decisions. It's rather a strange thing. His application signature? Requires no notarization. Mine as spouse? Does.
Anywho, I plan to go first thing in the morning to the bank and get it notarized and off in the mail. The way I understand it we are asking for it to begin on 11/1. Not sure when the first check will arrive though. It will be back-pay from 11/1/09 though no matter when it actually starts.
First we had to get an estimated payment paper from them, which we did, telling them when he was planning on applying. That & the online application gets them on notice that he's to be put in the starting line up. Once they receive the notarized paperwork evidently they spring into action and send you a letter telling you when the first check will arrive.
We're going automatic deposits on this as well.
Once it's up and running they notify the authorized state insurance agency that he's eligble to go with that HCTC (I think it stands for health care tax credit) thingamadoodle that will get him the 65%-80% discount on some health care insurance coverage. The money in the pension check will be nice, but the healthcare benefits that we're hoping to get until he qualifies for Medicare? EXCELLENT.
Step by step folks. It's a process.
Keeping yourself going lockstep through the process can be, shall I say, taxing. He hates paperwork and gets majorly frustrated by all the little boxes to be checked and legally jargoned disclaimers that are made.
Also required are copies of birth certificates and marriage license. Fortunately that was all still out of the safe from the SS office visit.
Once this starts I will be so relieved. If you've been reading along with me from the beginning this was the mysteriously disappearing pension. I fought long and hard thru Congressmen, etc. to find out where it was 'hidden' and get it on somebody's radar that several million dollars of this company's pension funds had just slipped silently away after a company bankruptcy and was hidden deep within several layers of insurance buyouts by a major insurance company and it's many subsidiaries - I'm not naming names but it almost barked like a dog in it's commercials, Charlie Brown.
Finally we were able to get it taken over by this Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. It's a really AWESOMELY GOOD thing that they are doing protecting people's pensions in these trying financial times.
Today was a personal No Spend Day for me.
Today we went to another town to deliver some of CashHappySon's winter clothes.
Today the nearly local parental units came over. Since early this year they now live 30 minutes away instead of two hours away.
Today I got my truck stuck in the muddy yard trying to load up more wood to take to my Dad's tomorrow.
Today my Step-dad helped get the truck unstuck.
Today I baked a chocolate marble cake.
Today I balanced the housebudget checking account.
Today I called the bank on the sudden $15.47 checking fee that they whomped on our housebudget account. Because of Hubster's age we have a FREE Senior checking account.
Today they refunded the mistaken monthly fee.
Today my Mom had a brain scan and a check on her caratroid (sp?) artery to see why she's getting so confused and forgetful. No indication of when the results would be back.
Today my Mom told me the same story for about the 100th time.
Today I acted like I heard it for the very first time, again.
Today we had quite a spirited family discussion of the moral tone of our country and bashed various and assorted politicians.
Today I cooked a pot of Tortilla Soup for lunch.
Today I paid two CC's in full, as I do every month. We are still debt free. Housebudget paid.
Today I paid the water bill, 3000 gallons this month - $40.45 - that's for 3 adults, 2 of us who are home all day every day now. Housebudget paid. $2.50 of that is for prepaid ambulance service. ARG!
Today I cooked steak, baked potatoes and a salad for supper.
Today Hubster worked all afternoon cutting up the biggest chunks of the wood into small enough pieces so my Dad can carry them.
Today was quite a day.
Now, I'm going to bed w/the lumberjack! Talk to you all later.
Good night Gracie!
link to Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
link to PDF file about a Predictable Secure Pension For Life - has a nice checklist: