Ocasio-Cortez, Schumer announce federal COVID-19 fund to help families pay for funerals (Feb. 8, 2021)

According to The Hill, FEMA will reimburse families up to $7,000 for funeral expenses for decedents passing away due to COVID. The Hill Article begins as follows:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that funds will soon be available for families struggling to pay funeral costs after losing a loved one to COVID-19. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is operating the $2 billion dollar fund across the country, reimbursing families up to $7,000 for funeral expenses, the New York Democrats said. 

“In the December COVID bill that passed, there is $2 billion, I am happy to say, to help people who are victims of COVID and do not have the dollars on their own to pay for the funeral and burial of loved ones,” Schumer said Monday alongside Ocasio-Cortez in the New York City borough of Queens.ADVERTISEMENT

The program is retroactive and currently includes funerals that took place from Jan. 20, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. The lawmakers will seek to extend eligibility for the program through the end of the pandemic in the next COVID-19 relief bill.

 

See the full article by clicking Ocasio-Cortez, Schumer announce federal COVID-19 fund to help families pay for funerals (Feb. 8, 2021).

Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal..

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