Reduced life insurance


Q. I turned 65 and am not paying premiums on basic life insurance as I selected the 75 percent reduction. My life insurance was $54,000. What is it now worth, and how do you calculate what it will be worth once I reach the 25 percent?

A. Because you accepted the 75 percent reduction, the value of your insurance will decline by 2 percent each month until it reaches 25 percent of what it was when you retired. At that point, your $54,000 basic insurance will be worth $13,500.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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