Secretary of the Commonwealth
“So many people have lost loved ones to this pandemic and coping with the loss of a family member is hard enough without needing to worry about the costs of laying that person to rest,” Galvin said in a statement. “I encourage anyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19 to visit my website to learn more about the help that is available to them, even if the funeral has already been paid for.”
Who qualifies for reimbursement?
The program is open to
Children cannot apply for the program on behalf of an adult who is not a
What if multiple people paid for a funeral?
If multiple people paid for a funeral, internment or burial, those people must register under the same application as an applicant or co-applicant. Alternatively, if people submit documents separately, the first applicant will get the funeral assistance to cover expenses for the person who died.
What about people who paid for multiple funerals?
People who had to pay for multiple funerals can get up to
How to apply
People seeking compensation should call the COVID-19 funeral assistance line at 1-844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585. The line will accept calls
The applicant will also need to provide a current mailing address, telephone number, the place where the death happened, funeral insurance policy information, records of donations and other funeral assistance received, records of CARES Act grants and assistance from voluntary organizations and a routing and account number of a checking or savings account.
Applicants will get an application number, which they can then use to submit documents to
In addition to a death certificate listing COVID-19 or COVID-symptoms as a likely cause, applicants must produce receipts, funeral contracts and other records that have their name, life insurance proceeds and proof of funds received from other sources (i.e. funeral assistance and donations). According to the
What expenses are covered?
Other coverable expenses include the transfer of remains, the cost of a casket or urn, a burial plot cremation niche, a marker, a headstone, a clergy or officiant services, funeral home equipment or staff, cremation or interment costs, death certificate production and certification costs and other expenses that might have been required by local or state laws.
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