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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to begin reimbursing low-income families for funeral and burial costs related to the coronavirus.
This measure was included in the COVID-19 relief legislation that was passed in late December. While the criteria for eligibility is not yet finalized, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Monday, February 8th that families can be reimbursed for up to $7,000. Funding will be available for funeral costs incurred between January 20 – December 31, 2020, but not for funerals that occurred in 2021, a FEMA spokesperson noted.
A plan for distributing these funds is currently in development and lawmakers are recommending that families begin collecting any documentation of funeral costs in the meantime. C-TAC will be monitoring this initiative and alerting our members and partners when families are eligible to apply for reimbursement.
FEMA has provided similar assistance in a more limited way for past national disasters. To learn more about the program, how it generally operates, and what expenses are normally covered, we suggest reviewing this recent report from the Congressional Research Service. For more information about the new reimbursement initiative, read this article from CNET.