Jun. 4—Families of Kansans who died from COVID-19 are waiting on potentially millions of dollars in federal funeral aid amid a backlog in the new program.
The latest numbers from the
If the remaining 1,649 applications were approved at the current
"Registrations are completed manually with the help of a specially trained call center representative,"
Requirements include an official death certificate after
"The process can take some time but applicants can rest assured we are working on providing reimbursement for eligible applicants with properly documented and eligible expenses," the statement said.
Wait times for processing awards is 25 business days or less,
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Backlogs of other financial aid have affected people during the coronavirus pandemic: the
Thousands of people have complained their unemployment benefits came late — or never.
With more than 5,000 deaths from COVID-19 in
"It's somewhat unfortunate that this wasn't available when the funerals were happening because of the hardship on a lot of families," Scott said, adding that the money can now offset those previous expenses. "We hope people will take advantage of it."
Applicants can call
Qualified funeral expenses include caskets, burial plots, headstones, ceremonies, cremation and other costs.
More detailed information is available online from the
Funeral aid statistics
Funeral aid for COVID-19 was first approved with a
The program is picking up steam.
There had been 5,076 deaths from COVID-19 reported in
Aside from Kansans possibly being slower to submit documents to
Officials have reported scammers reaching out to survivors, posing as government employees and offering to help in the registration process. Those impostors attempt to get private financial information and documents in order to pocket the money themselves.
Schmidt's consumer protection advice states that government workers will not call you out of the blue to offer application assistance. Legitimate government employees will not contact you unsolicited to ask for
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