The Lead: Biden’s Covid Burial Plan
The Biden administration is expected to announce a funeral assistance program next week that will pay up to $9,000 in assistance for each person who died of Covid.
Some quick math: this would cost the federal government upwards of $5 billion if you multiply $9,000 by the 556,000 people who have already died.
This will cover the cost of burial and be open to any family, regardless of income level. It is the largest funeral assistance program ever – larger than the $2,664 offered by FEMA in 2017 to hurricane victims.
The average cost of a funeral was $9,000 in 2015 and has gone up since. Dying is expensive and terrible for the environment, which is why greener options are gaining in popularity.
The government will also reimburse families that have already paid for funerals. Applications will begin on April 12 and families can get more information from a FEMA hotline: 1-844-684-6333.