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FEMA Increases Financial Assistance to Families for COVID Funerals



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has increased the amount that Americans can claim for the funeral expenses of loved ones who died because of COVID-19.

Last week, FEMA announced that up to $2 billion, or $7,000 per family, would be available for COVID-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, although further details were to be finalized.

The funds came from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan and aimed to alleviate the financial burden on families already facing stress from their loss.

But on Wednesday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who have worked with FEMA to develop the funeral assistance program, announced that this amount would be increased to $9,000.

There is no requirement for the deceased person to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien, although the person applying must meet one of the criteria.


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