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Fed flooded with 130,000 requests for COVID-19 funeral expenses

A federal program that helps cover funeral expenses of people who died of COVID-19 has been flooded with 130,000 applications, according to the rep.

This staggering figure represents approximately 20 percent of the 570,000 Americans killed by coronaviruses.

The new federal reimbursement program Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Chuck was taken by Schumer; This allows those whose relatives died from COVID-19 to collect upwards of $ 9,000 for funeral and burial costs.



AOC gave an update on the program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a virtual town hall meeting on Friday night.

Congressmen said the figures are preliminary and may include duplicate applications.

The federal program will help relatives of those who died from COVID-19 with funeral and burial expenses.
The federal program will help relatives of those who died from COVID-19 with funeral and burial expenses.
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But statistics show that the COVID-19 funeral aid program is extremely popular – and much needed, she said.

Ocasio-Cortez said, “The raw number represents 20 percent of the total deaths for COVID-19.”

He also reported that 13,000 applications were filed by New Yorkers to reimburse funeral expenses.

Family and friends attend the funeral of a New Mexico man who went through complications due to COVID-19.
Family and friends attend the funeral of a New Mexico man who went through complications due to COVID-19.
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The AOC stated that FEMA has already processed the reimbursement check.

The COVID funeral assistance program began on 13 April.

A coffin is being loaded into a coffin during a funeral procession in California for a man who died after contracting COVID-19.
A coffin is being loaded into a coffin during a funeral procession in California for a man who died after contracting COVID-19.
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Lawmakers first announced the initiative in early February, stating that FEMA would provide $ 2 billion in funeral aid funds – with about $ 200 million expected to go to New Yorkers.

“We were the epicenter of the earthquake,” the AOC said, describing how the COVID epidemic devastated the city and its own Queens-Bronx congressional district.



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