FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths

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Mar 30, 2021

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In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 fordeaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by thepandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistanceprogram nationwide.
To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expensesafter Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application asapplicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as theapplicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for thedeceased individual.
An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and theDistrict of Columbia.
This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500per application.
Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.
In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime,potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation:
An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in theU. S. The death certificate must indicate the death may have been caused by or was likely the result ofCOVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 areconsidered sufficient attribution.
Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicants name, thedeceased individuals name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses wereincurred.
Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance maynot duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance receivedfrom voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or othersources.
More information regarding this assistance can be found at COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov
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