Lost a loved one to the coronavirus? May be eligible for funeral expense reimbursements

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told New Yorkers Monday that they could expect to receive up to $ 7,000 in reimbursement for the funeral expenses of loved ones who died from the coronavirus on Monday. last year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has established a $ 2 billion fund dedicated to providing financial assistance to individuals and households for funeral expenses related to COVID-19 at a federal cost of 100%.

FEMA, through the $ 900 billion stimulus package that was approved in late December, is only authorized to reimburse coronavirus-related funeral expenses that were incurred last year. Other states are also eligible for funeral-related FEMA funds. FEMA did not respond to MarketWatch’s request to comment on whether Americans in other states could also expect to receive up to $ 7,000. In 2019, the national average total cost of an adult funeral was $ 9,135, including the cost of a metal casket, according to 2019 data released by the National Association of Funeral Directors, a trade group. While the national average cost of an adult cremation funeral with viewing was $ 5,150. FEMA has yet to launch a platform where people can directly request reimbursement for funeral expenses, a spokesperson told MarketWatch on Tuesday. The agency is currently hiring contract workers to help administer the program. “We are working to expedite the delivery of this program to make it easier for people who lost loved ones to apply for and receive assistance,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “It takes some time to develop the right process and tools to make this program easy, efficient and effective for everyone.” “While we cannot change the outcome of what happened, we are honored and dedicated to helping alleviate some of the financial stress and burden that this terrible virus has created,” the spokesman said. As of Tuesday, more than 465,000 people in the United States had died from coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there have been more than 2.3 million deaths from coronavirus as of Tuesday.