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FEMA providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses

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Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 3:52 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - If your family has incurred funeral expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you could be eligible for financial assistance, the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department confirmed.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Adjutant General’s Department said FEMA is providing financial help for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020.

To access information and assistance, call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is also a dedicated toll-free phone number with multilingual services available at 800-462-7585.

The Adjutant General’s Department said to be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

You are encouraged to keep and gather all funeral-related documentation. Types of information should include:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

“If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive a check by mail or by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply for assistance,” the Adjutant General’s Department explained.

You can find more resources and further information on available COVID-19-related assistance here: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

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