Relatives of individuals who die during the “early days” of the Wuhan corona virus epidemic in the US will be able to apply for a modification of the death certificate to show COVID-19 contributed to the death in order to receive a refund. funerals under a new FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) program, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a press conference earlier this week.
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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (New York state) at a press conference earlier this week together with Mr. Schumer said: “The death certificate of your loved one should have the COVID listed as the underlying cause or contributor to death. In these first days [của đại dịch virus corona]We know that many people do not know which is the COVID and which is not“.
“You can go back to the place where the death certificate was issued, the hospital, the doctor, etc., and you can request to correct the death certificate. [cho người thân] Read more about what we now know about COVID. So, if your loved one’s death certificate doesn’t have a COVID, you can ask for it and add it.o ”.
Sen. Schumer (New York State) said “since September 2020, they have compiled the COVID statistics, like women congressmen [Ocasio-Cortez] said, in its early days [của đại dịch virus]They didn’t even know what a COVID was so they could list it [là nguyên nhân dẫn đến tử vong], and we will work to correct that“.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez added that the lawmakers “are in discussion with FEMA to consider what flexibility is added“Can be done around the modification of death certificates.”
According to the current funeral allowance program rules posted on the FEMA website, for funeral reimbursement: “The death certificate must show death ‘could be’ or ‘may be due to results of ‘COVID-19 or symptoms like COVID-19. Similar phrases can be accepted as ‘highly likely COVID-19 considered to be a significant cause of death’.
The maximum reimbursement amount is $ 9,000 per individual deceased and $ 35,500 per person filing a funeral charge reimbursement claim for a deceased relative.
FEMA regulations on the funeral fee subsidy program state that the death “must occur in the United States, including its territories, and the District of Columbia; The death certificate must show the death was caused by COVID-19 and the applicant must be a US citizen, a citizen living in the US but not yet citizenship, or an eligible immigrant and funeral expenses incurred after the 20th January 1, 2020“.
There are immigrants who are lawfully present in the United States, but are not eligible for FEMA Household and Individual Program benefits, including this funeral program. This list includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• Temporary tourist visa holder
• Foreign Students
• Temporary work visa holders
• Familiar residents such as citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
FEMA’s funeral program does not require an individual who dies to be a US citizen, a citizen living in the US but not yet a citizen, or an eligible immigrant.
“This is one of the first programs… that will allow families with mixed citizenship and undocumented families to receive some subsidy after making a contribution to this country, after do our school cleaning work, after serving and sustaining this community”Said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. “The community received no subsidies, [hoặc nhận được cũng] very little. I am proud to have worked tirelessly to promote this program to ensure maximum $ 9,000 in pension is now available to almost every family in this country.“.
The FEMA website details the eligible funeral expenses for residents to receive reimbursement from the federal government. FEMA’s telephone hotline for this program is currently overloaded and the agency is asking residents not to be impatient when they cannot call FEMA and to confirm applying for funeral fees. There is no time limit.
This funeral fee reimbursement program is part of the $ 1.9 trillion US Rescue Plan that the majority Congress of Democratic Party legislators and President Joe Biden approved in March.
Xuan Thanh (According to Just the News)