Tennessee Residents Have Received $81.9M In FEMA Pandemic Funeral Assistance

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The Center Square [By Jon Styf] –

Tennessee residents have received $81.9 million in funeral expense assistance through COVID-19 funeral reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Just short of half of those payments were made this year. As of January, FEMA had sent Tennessee $47 million in assistance.

Tennessee had 14,895 apply for the assistance and 12,178 receive the reimbursement.

The payments are part of a program funded by the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that reimburse or pay for funerals related to deaths related to COVID-19 since Jan. 20, 2020.

The reimbursement is limited to $9,000 per person. Since the program began, nationally it has sent $2.7 billion to over 420,000 individuals and families.

The applications must include a death certificate attributing the death to COVID-19 or named COVID-19 as a contributing factor. If the death occurred before May 16, 2020, a statement from the certifying official on the death certificate, medical examiner or coroner is sufficient proof.

The assistance can be approved before the funeral with a signed funeral home contract, invoice or similar legal documentation. It also can be processed as a reimbursement afterward.

Proof of any funeral insurance or other coverage must be included in the application. The reimbursement will not cover any expenses covered by another entity.

About the Author: Jon Styf, The Center Square Staff Reporter – Jon Styf is an award-winning editor and reporter who has worked in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan in local newsrooms over the past 20 years, working for Shaw Media, Hearst and several other companies. Follow Jon on Twitter @JonStyf.

3 thoughts on “Tennessee Residents Have Received $81.9M In FEMA Pandemic Funeral Assistance

  • August 12, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    You take Government money and you sell your soul the the devil. No need for the government to be involved in our lives. There will be NO GOOD END TO THIS.

  • August 13, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Agreed ! Our tax money should go to trials and punishment for the covid19 genocides and civil rights violations! Then we should confiscate all assets of those that colluded in the Medical Tyranny! From the Governor down to local clinic and hospital directors and media colluders, they should be tried and executed or in prison for their roles in the crimes against humanity, perpetrated under the guise of covid19 public health mandates! The wealth of the politicians , medical/health professionals and media executives can help pay some restitution for their victims! A rope necktie for governor BIll Lee would be a good start towards justice here in Tennessee, for his colluding in the genocides and civil rights violations. Trials need to be coming up soon for these criminals and for their victims to receive some measure of justice! From DC to Nashville, justice must come to the murdering tools of tyrants and the tyrants themselves, for the death and suffering they have heaped upon their neighbors!

  • August 13, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Bill Lee is a murderer and a liar! He colluded in genocide and lied about being a conservative republican to his voters!


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