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Relatives of those who died from COVID-19 can receive compensation up to $ 9000: how to do it

Relatives of those who died from COVID-19 can receive compensation up to $ 9000, reports Cnet.

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If your relative passes away from the coronavirus, the government can help pay for the funeral and related expenses.

What the application process looks like and where to start

If your relative dies from COVID-19, you can be reimbursed up to $ 9000 for the funeral. It's $ 2000 per person more than the $ 7000 upper limit announced in February. Starting this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency began accepting applications from families eligible for assistance.

These measures FEMA were part of the December COVID-19 Relief Act, which also included a second check for benefits up to $ 600. Law laid $ 2 billion for people who have been hit by the pandemic and may have gone into debt to pay for the funeral of a loved one.

Who Can Apply for COVID-19 Funeral Reimbursement

You can apply for COVID-19 related funeral reimbursement if you qualify following criteria, according to FEMA:

  • The death was to have occurred in the United States, including maritime territories.
  • Funeral expenses were incurred after January 20, 2020.
  • The death certificate must state that COVID-19 is the cause of death.
  • Applicant must be a US citizen, non-citizen, or qualified alien who incurred funeral costs after January 20, 2020.
  • The deceased is not required to be a US citizen.
  • There are no income requirements for the applicant.
How much money will you be reimbursed

On the FEMA website it says that will reimburse families for up to $ 9000 spent on COVID-related funeral and funeral expenses.

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According to the National Association of Funeral Homes, in 2019 the average national cost of a funeral with burial was $ 7. If you include a coffin or urn for ashes, the average cost rises to $ 640.

What funeral expenses will FEMA reimburse

The program will reimburse the following funeral expenses:

  • transportation of up to two people to identify the deceased;
  • transportation of remains;
  • coffin or urn;
  • burial place or cremation niche;
  • headstone;
  • services of clergy or official services;
  • organization of the funeral ceremony;
  • use of funeral home equipment or personnel;
  • costs of cremation or burial;
  • costs associated with the production of multiple death certificates;
  • additional costs incurred by any applicable laws or regulations of your local government.
Is it possible to receive compensation for more than one family member

According to FEMA, if you are responsible for the funeral costs of more than one family member and whose death was attributable to COVID-19, you can apply for assistance for multiple deceased persons. Compensation is capped at a maximum of $ 9000 for a funeral and a maximum of $ 35 per application.

What information is needed to submit an application

Before calling to apply, FEMA recommends that you collect the following documentation that you will need:

  • the social security numbers of the applicant and the deceased;
  • date of birth of the applicant and the deceased;
  • the applicant's current mailing address;
  • the applicant's current phone number;
  • the place or address where the deceased died;
  • information on insurance policies for burial or funeral;
  • information about other funeral aid received, such as donations;
  • CARES Law grants and assistance from community organizations;
  • the account number of the applicant's current or savings account (for direct deposit, if required).

You will also need:

An official death certificate that directly or indirectly links the death to COVID-19 and indicates that the death occurred in the United States, including the United States and the District of Columbia. (You can get it by contacting the state or local civil registry office. Sometimes a funeral home or a third party may also request this for you.)

Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant's name, the name of the deceased, the amount of the funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.

Confirmation of funds received from other sources specifically to cover the costs of the funeral.

FEMA cannot duplicate payments received from funeral or funeral insurance coverage, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources. (Life insurance income does not count as duplication of funeral benefits.)

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How to apply

To claim funeral reimbursement up to $ 9000 from FEMA, first collect the documentation listed above. Then call the COVID-19 Funeral Helpline on phone 844-684-6333... Please note that FEMA is receiving a lot of calls, which is causing technical problems - if you receive a busy signal, please try again later. It takes about 20 minutes to apply by phone. You will be given an application number and asked to provide documentation to FEMA in one of the following ways:

  1. Uploading files to your account
  2. Sending documents by fax to number 855-261-3452
  3. Sending documents to PO Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782.
How do I get my refund

If your application is approved, you will receive a check by mail or direct translation, whichever option you chose during the application process. FEMA has not specified how long it will take to receive these funds.

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