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Four from Am Samoa request COVID-19 funeral expenses from FEMA

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As of June 1st, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received four applicants from American Samoa seeking COVID-19 funeral related expense but none are approved yet, according to FEMA online data for the week of June 1st.

No other public information was available on the four applications from American Samoa.

FEMA explained that once someone has applied for assistance, they have six months to return requested information to help process the claim. Once applicants have supplied all documentation, a FEMA case worker reviews it, and an eligibility determination is made in less than 25 days.

FEMA began accepting on Apr. 12th COVID-19 funeral assistance applications and as of June 1st, the agency has already disbursed more than $128 million to nearly 19,000 applicants across the country.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.