June 23, 2016

PBGC Issues Two Reports on Financial Status of Insurance Program

On June 17, 2016, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued two reports on the financial status of the multiemployer insurance program. These reports follow, and are consistent with, the 5-year report it issued earlier this year. 

  • The MPRA Report, a one-time report required by the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA), addresses premium sufficiency for the multiemployer insurance program. It addresses whether current premium revenue is sufficient to meet the PBGC’s future financial assistance obligations to multiemployer plans for 10- and 20-year periods beginning in 2015. Because premiums are not sufficient, the Report also addresses the additional premiums that will be necessary for the agency to meet its obligations. It projects that, to meet its average projected financial assistance obligations through 2035, premiums will need to increase to over 4.5 times the premiums that are expected under current law.
  • The FY 2015 Projections Report covers the projected financial status of the PBGC’s multiemployer insurance program. PBGC releases annual Projection Reports using simulations of the economy and alternative scenarios. The 2015 Projections Report shows that the PBGC’s multiemployer deficit is projected, on average, to be $55.5 billion by 2025 (in today’s dollars) if no plans receive partitions and/or suspensions. Even if plans use partitions and/or suspensions, the average deficit is projected to be $53.4 billion. The comparable numbers last year were $11.2 billion and $9.7 billion less, respectively. The projections also show that the multiemployer program is likely to run out of money by 2025 whether or not there are partitions and/or suspensions.

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