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There is plenty of information available, and it can be difficult to find the answers to your specific questions. These resources are provided to help you make sense of your personal scenarios. 

Disclaimer: The links above are presented for your information only. The Mid-America Pension Rights Project does not necessarily endorse or agree with everything the links may contain.

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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

The government entity that insures some employee pension plans.

The PBGC is a Federal agency that was created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to protect pension benefits. 

  • The PBGC has over 280 Million in unclaimed pensions.  Please check the PBGC’s website to see if you or a deceased family member has a benefit waiting to be claimed. 

  • The PBGC does not protect 401(k) plans. For 401(k) and benefit issues contact the Department of Labor


Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

1200 K. Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005-4026

800.400.7242 |


U.S. Department of Labor

The government entity that assists with employment issues.


Employee Benefits Security Administration

Frances Perkins Building

200 Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, DC  20210

866.444.3272 (401k distribution issues) |



A non-profit organization that assists people age 50 and above.

601 E. St. NW
Washington, DC  20049
877.434-.7598 |


Pension Rights Center 

Connects people, that need assistance with pension and 401k issues, to an available pension counseling project.

1350 Connecticut Ave. NW., Suite 206
Washington, DC  20036
888.420.6550 |

Pension Rights National Brochure

Social Security Administration

To Request an Earnings Report from the Social Security Administration fill out the forms online or call 800.772.1213 to request the forms.

We talk to people everyday who are struggling to make ends meet.  There are many resources that people do not know about that are available for no cost.  


Retirement Calculator 

This calculator provided by AARP determines if you are saving enough for retirement



NCOA’s Economic Checkup 

EconomicCheckUp sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Assists clients with finances.



Downsizing Before Retirement 

Article from Forbes 

Pension Plan Benefit Statement

Roadmap to Retirement

The Roadmap to Retirement is a collection of links to publications from government agencies and nonprofit organizations that relate to private retirement plans. Because there are many fact sheets and booklets about retirement plan rules, we have provided those that we think will be most useful. As you will see, the Roadmap is divided into six sections reflecting the stages of typical working lives. 


For further resources, follow these links on 

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