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FEMA offers Iowans financial aid for COVID-related funerals

DES MOINES — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial aid to Iowans for some COVID-19-related funerals.

FEMA spokesman Bryon Boka¬† says the agency is covering up to $9000 per person. “If they’ve lost more than one person, they can apply for multiple individuals,” Boka says. “That does have its own max as well, up to a maximum of $35,500.”

The aid applies to COVID funeral expenses incurred after January 20th of 2020. Boka explains some of the qualifications. ¬†“It’s any individual who has assumed those costs upon themselves and have no other form of insurance or pre-paid burial costs that are tied to the deceased individual,” he says.

To apply, call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Hotline Monday through Friday at 1-844-684-6333.

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