The Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) on Tuesday introduced that greater than $2 billion in funding has been allotted for funeral prices of about 300,000 American households that misplaced a beloved one for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started.
“FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Help program has helped present over 300,000 folks with vital monetary reduction throughout a time of such sudden, unimaginable and widespread loss,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell stated, in keeping with The Related Press.
Underneath the COVID-19 Funeral Help program, as much as $9,000 in funeral bills are coated per particular person. On common, about $6,500 has been given to households per demise, the company said, in keeping with the AP.
The company additionally reportedly introduced on Tuesday that it’s set to launch a paid advert marketing campaign in 4 states which have had excessive charges of coronavirus-related deaths however low requests for funeral reimbursement. These states embrace New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and California.
“Our new outreach marketing campaign is designed to succeed in households, particularly throughout underserved communities, the place the price of a funeral is usually a monetary burden to a beloved one,” Criswell stated, in keeping with the AP. “Our objective is to assist households apply for help, in addition to submit all required paperwork for current functions.”
To ensure that households to be eligible for help, they need to present demise certificates that present proof that COVID-19 was the reason for demise of a beloved one who died after Could 16, 2020.
For conditions wherein the demise occurred previous to that date, a signed assertion from a medical expert detailing the reason for demise should be offered along with the demise certificates, the information outlet famous.
The Hill has reached out to FEMA for remark.