Beshear: Federal COVID-19 funeral assistance available


FILE – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during the official announcement of Ford Motor Company along with SK Innovations in building two electric battery factories in Glendale, Ky., at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. Saying the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the necessity for accessible health care, Beshear marked a milestone Friday, Oct. 15, for Kentucky’s relaunched health insurance exchange — where consumers can now start shopping for health coverage for the coming year. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear says financial assistance is available for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020.

The funds are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

So far, Beshear says 2,500 Kentuckians have received assistance for a total of more than $18 million.

To be eligible, the death has to have occurred in the United States, and the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to or caused by COVID-19.

Applicants can use the helpline 1-844-684-6333, available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday.

Kentuckians also can submit documentation online through

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