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Help is on the way for Americans who struggle to pay funeral expenses for loved ones who died of Covid-19.

Funeral directors say funeral expenses can range from $1,100 for cremation to $30,000.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a program that will reimburse funeral expenses up to $7,000 for families of loved ones who died of Covid-19.

Recipients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and provide funeral receipts for a loved one who died from Covid-19 after January 2020.

The $2 billion program is set to begin in April 2021 and will be funded through the $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief legislation enacted in March.

FEMA will being accepting applications in April. Reimbursement will be provided via check or direct deposit.

Anyone who received funeral insurance benefits will not be reimbursed under the program.

According to FEMA's website:

  • An official death certificate must indicate the cause of death was Covid-19
  • The death happened in the United States
  • The person applying for funds must be either a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • The deceased person does not have to be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
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