Federal Program Providing Aid For Funerals Of COVID Patients

The families of more than 560,000 Americans have had to bury loved ones who died of COVID-19. Now, they can apply for federal aid to offset some of those costs.

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- And over the past year, the families of some more than 560,000 Americans have had to bury loved ones who've died of COVID. And beginning today, they can now apply for federal aid to help to offset some of those costs. FEMA is now accepting applications through a toll-free hotline for a funeral assistance program. It offers up to $9,000 per funeral and as part of eligibility, COVID must be listed as a direct or indirect cause of death. Some families say problems with death certificates have only compounded their grief.

BARBARA WEAVER: The audacity of not noting that it's COVID when the patients were clearly in your COVID ICU is an insult to the memory of these beloved ones who now no longer are with us.

- And Barbara Weaver there says the New Orleans hospital where her mom died is now working to change the death certificate. And to find out about the assistance program, more information on it, you can go to the links and numbers section at cbsnewyork.com.