Another stimulus check is unlikely, but there is a federal program that could offer much needed financial support to families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. This coronavirus stimulus check covers funeral expenses up to $ 9,000. Such stimulus money could prove to be of great help to families who have not only lost a loved one, but have also seen their incomes drop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, so far, few families have requested this stimulus money.
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How this coronavirus stimulus check covers funeral costs
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) oversees this program covering funeral costs. The program is part of the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package, which President Biden approved in March. There is no income limit to apply for this program, and it is one of the biggest initiatives of its kind.
To claim this stimulus money to cover funeral expenses, you must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien. To be eligible for a refund, you must have paid the funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. Additionally, the expense should be for someone whose death in the United States was caused by COVID-19.
The limit can be up to $ 9,000 for a person’s funeral expenses, but if a person has lost more than one family member, then they can claim up to $ 35,000 in reimbursement.
However, if a family has already received assistance to cover funeral costs, such as burial allowances under a life insurance policy, then this would reduce the money they are entitled to under the program. from FEMA. In addition, a family can only claim the amount it actually spent, up to the limit of $ 9,000.
How to register?
To apply for the program, you must call 844-684-6333, and the process can take about 20 minutes, according to FEMA. After successfully applying you will get an application number. Then you need to submit the supporting documents by fax or mail or online.
To ensure a quick and hassle-free application process, you should have all the information and documents ready before you place the call. These documents are basically receipts of money you paid for funeral expenses, such as a funeral service, burial grounds, coffins or urns, tombstones, and any other related costs.
At this time, FEMA has no deadline to apply for this funeral assistance program. For more information on this program, you can visit the FEMA website.
So far, few eligible families have applied for this program. In a statement early last month, FEMA informed that it has provided COVID funeral assistance to more than 196,000 people amounting to more than $ 1.2 billion. And, earlier this month, the agency announced that it had reimbursed 226,000 people a total of about $ 1.5 billion in funeral costs.
However, given that the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States exceeds 800,000 people, around 574,000 people have yet to apply for funding.