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Reimbursements for Covid-Related Funeral Costs Available

Pennsylvanians who’ve incurred funeral expenses for a Covid-related death are being encouraged to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Program.

Pennsylvania Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphries says Congress established this program as part of the covid relief packages passed in 2020 and 2021.

Speaking on WLBR’s “Talk of the Town” program this week, Humphries said the program will reimburse Americans for money they spent for burials, caskets, cremations and even headstone costs.

He said the reimbursement amounts vary, depending on what was purchased:

FEMA has allocated $2 billion to assist Americans, but the challenge has been getting the word out about this program.

Humphries said anyone who has covered funeral costs due to a Covid-related death should apply. It’s easy to do, since the applications are being taken over the phone:

If you want to apply, call FEMA’s Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Program Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday.

As of mid-February, Humphries said 13,000 Pennsylvanians had received reimbursement out of the more than 44,000 Covid deaths in the commonwealth.