FEMA WILL REIMBURSE UP TO $9,000 FOR COVID-19 RELATED FUNERAL EXPENSES. Ok Seniors, share this with your families and friends. This is a brand new program that opens for applications on April 12, 2021. COVID-19 doesn't have to be the only cause of death. FEMA states COVID-19 must have "played a role in the decedent's death." This is how to qualify.

HOW MUCH ARE THEY REIMBURSING? This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application. An application can contain more than one person's funeral. FEMA will make deductions for other sources of reimbursement such as insurance.

IF WE LOST MORE THAN ONE PERSON HOW DO WE APPLY? You can fill in one single application for reimbursement that includes the funeral documentation and expenses of several deceased individuals. Again, the maximum reimbursement is $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.

BUT TWO OF US PITCHED IN, CAN WE BOTH QUALIFY? FEMA will generally only provide COVID-19 Funeral Assistance to one applicant per deceased individual.

FEMA says that if multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.

DOES THIS COVER CREMATION TOO? Yes, Funeral Assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

TIME AND PLACE OF DEATH: This program applies to COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

IS CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED? The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

HOW TO APPLY? FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021 through their dedicated call center. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number 844-684-6333. There will be no online applications.

DEATH CERTIFICATE: The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed in some way to COVID-19. COVID does not have to be the sole cause of death, accepted wording includes the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms.

EXPENSE RECEIPTS: Documentation for expenses (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) must include the applicant’s name as the person responsible for the expense, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and that funeral expenses were incurred after January 20, 2020.

FEMA CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information about this funeral expense assistance program telephone the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number 844-684-6333 or visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

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