Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
What you need to know about the FEMA COVID-19 reimbursement
The federal government recently announced a funeral reimbursement for families whose loved one died of COVID-19. Here's what we know.
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is managing the program, and the agency will begin accepting applications on April 12. This program was created as a part of the COVID-19 relief bill passed in December and applies to expenses incurred between January 20-December 31, 2020. Expenses for deaths that occurred in 2021 are not covered.
Here are the eligibility requirements:
- The death must have occurred in the US, including the US territories and the District of Columbia.
- The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
- The person applying for the benefit must be a US citizen, noncitizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020. The deceased person does not need to have been a US citizen, noncitizen national or qualified alien.
FEMA will reimburse funeral costs of up to $9,000. It is not yet clear whether all families will receive the same amount or if income or other factors will reduce the benefit. Reimbursements will be sent out by paper check or direct deposit to those who qualify.
To apply, call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line, which will be available starting April 12, 2021.
844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585)
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