There’s No Fourth Stimulus Check, But A More Obscure COVID Benefit Covers $9,000 For A Funeral


One type of funding in the nation’s massive pandemic rescue plan gets less attention: a funeral assistance program that offers families of COVID victims up to $9,000 in burial costs.

The funeral expenses program, which is part of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief legislation signed by President Joe Biden in March, provides much-needed assistance to families who have lost wages due to the pandemic or are trying to recover from debt. However, there is no income limit for applying.

Here’s more information on who qualifies for funeral assistance and how to apply.

How Does it Work?

While the federal government has previously assisted Americans with funeral costs in the event of a disaster, this program is set to be the largest of its kind.

It’s led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes and floods.

FEMA asserts it has supplied over $1.2 billion in COVID funeral support to over 196,000 people, according to a statement released Nov. 1.

According to FEMA’s website, “the COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families.” “Our mission at FEMA is to assist people before, during, and after disasters. We are committed to assisting in the alleviation of some of the financial stress and burden brought on by the virus.”

Survivors can apply for repayment for the acquisition of a plot, burial, a headstone, clergy services, the transfer of remains, cremation, or other funeral-related services through the assistance program.


Who Qualifies for Support?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a foreign national citizen, or a qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020 to be eligible.

According to FEMA’s website, those funeral expenses must be for an individual whose death in the United States was caused by or was likely caused by COVID-19.

Individual funeral expenses can be claimed for up to $9,000, but if you’ve lost and over one family member, you can implement for up to $35,000 in repayment.

However, if you’ve already did receive anyone else type of funeral assistance, such as a burial benefit from a life insurance policy, the amount you’re eligible for under FEMA’s program will be reduced or completely offset.

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