Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is authorized to provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.  The criteria to be eligible for assistance is as follows: (1) the death must have occurred in the United States; (2) the death certificate must indicate the death was attributable to COVID-19; (3) the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.  There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

To expedite a claim for assistance you are encouraged to keep and gather documentation supporting your claim, including: (1) an official death certificate that attributes the death directly to COVID-19 and shows the death occurred in the United States; (2) documents showing the amount spent on funeral expenses for the decedent; and, (3) proof of any funds received from other sources including burial or funeral insurance, governmental agencies or other voluntary agencies. Those who believe that they meet the above criteria, are encouraged to contact FEMA to apply for assistance.

 

Hodges & Davis, P.C.- April 2021

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