Funeral assistance programs, which provide up to $9,000 in burial assistance to the families of those who have died of COVID-19 as part of the massive national pandemic rescue plan, receive far less attention than the rest, according to MoneyWise.
The Biden administration launched funeral assistance for those who died of covid-19 back in April, providing up to $9,000 for each American who passed away, the largest program of its kind ever offered by the federal government. According to Washington Post, in order to participate in the program, families must provide proof of income and show that they haven’t already received similar benefits from another program.
Applications for $2 billion in funeral assistance, made possible by the $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed by Democrats in Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden last April, are now available and will be processed by FEMA. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed for the inclusion of the aid, as per Business Insider.
According to WPR, a total of 66,800 people have received $447 million in aid from FEMA as of June 28. In Wisconsin, it gave out $6 million to 872 applicants or about 23 percent of the 3,734 who have called to begin the application process. As of mid-June, Dan Shulman, a FEMA Region 5 spokesperson, said fewer than ten applicants in the state had been deemed ineligible.
According to FEMA, if you meet the following requirements, you can apply for COVID-19-related funeral reimbursement:
- If the death occurred in the United States, including the District of Columbia, they are eligible.
- The costs of the funeral were incurred after January 20, 2020.
- COVID-19 must be listed as a cause of death on the death certificate.
- Noncitizen nationals and qualified aliens who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, are eligible for the benefit.
- There is no need for the deceased person to have been a US citizen, a noncitizen national, or a qualified alien to be eligible for benefits.
- There is no income limit for this position.
If a person were responsible for the funeral costs of more than one family member who died due to COVID-19, they might be eligible for assistance. Each funeral is limited to a maximum of $9,000 in reimbursement, and each application is limited to a maximum of $35,000 per state, territory, or District of Columbia, as per CNET.
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