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Feds announce program offering families up to $9,000 for COVID-19 related funeral expenses

U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government is announcing a program offering families up to $9,000 for COVID-19 related funeral expenses.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Applications are being accepted as of today, April 12, 2021. Call 844-684-6333 toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. Multilingual services will be available.Hours of Operation are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The deceased person’s death certificate must list COVID as primary or contributing cause. If COVID wasn’t listed for your loved one (as many were early on), you can have the cert amended by the hospital, according to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She also says documented people can apply for lost loved ones who were undocumented.

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