Minnesotan George Campbell was responsible for planning his parents’ funeral in 2021 after they passed away on the same day, aged 96. He was unable to travel as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, so he just worked from home. The hardest aspect was obtaining the $9,000 funeral benefits for coronavirus deaths from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which was made more difficult by issues with his parents’ estate.
FEMA funeral benefits
It was determined that just eleven states in the United States had a 50% or higher application rate for FEMA funeral benefits as of mid-February compared to their COVID-19 mortality totals.
As reported by MSN, there was an average national application rate of little over 48%, according to the data. A whopping 63% of respondents were from North Carolina, while only 27% were from Arizona. As per published statement from the agency, the majority of people over the age of 65 have funeral/burial insurance or have already paid for their funeral. A number of potential candidates obtained death benefits from other sources, while others did not meet the citizenship or other conditions for the benefit.
How to apply for funeral assistance
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed 900,000 Americans, putting millions of families under financial strain. The federal government assists those who paid for a funeral or end-of-life expenses owing to Covid-19. American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 established payments for burial fees for Americans who died from Covid. There is no fee and no deadline to apply.
According to Forbes, either a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020 must meet the eligibility requirements. It is not necessary for the dead to be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or a qualified alien in order for the beneficiary to be eligible for the monies.
FEMA can pay for the cost of identifying a deceased person, transporting them to a funeral home, arranging for their burial or cremation, and many other related costs as well.
It also stated that Covid-19 was not listed as a cause of death on several death certificates from the early stages of the pandemic. Submitting a written statement from either a local medical examiner or coroner certifying that the death was caused by coronavirus is permitted for fatalities that occurred between January 20 and May 16, 2020.