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What amount does medicaid or medicare pay on funeral

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What amount does medicaid or medicare pay on funeral expenses if they have no burial or life insurance?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  dkennedy replied 7 years ago.

Hello Customer,

Social Security pays $255 in burial expenses for anyone covered under Social Security. The money must be applied for within 2 years of the person's death. There may be eligibility for other benefits for welfare (medicaid) recipients, such as county assistance in their county of residence.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I need to know what medicaid or medicare pays on funeral expenses in piatt County, Illinois
Expert:  dkennedy replied 7 years ago.

Hello again,

Medicare is for medical payments for Social Security recipients only--not funeral expenses.

Medicaid is for medical payments only for public assistance recipients and others--not funeral expenses.

As I said, Social Security will pay $255 if the person received Social Security.

Also, Illinois Department of Human Services has a program to pay some burial/funeral costs. Here is the information:

The program pays for the funeral and burial expenses when a person's resources and all other sources of payment are less than the DHS standard payment rates.

The Department pays the funeral and burial expenses of a person who at the time of death:

  • was receiving any of the following kinds of assistance:
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Cash
    • Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) Cash
    • KidCare Assist
    • Parent/KidCare Assist
    • KidCare Moms & Babies
    • Family Assist
    • AABD Medical
    • General AssistanceFoster Care/Adoption Care
  • or who would have qualified for:
    • KidCare Assist
    • Parent/KidCare Assist
    • KidCare Moms & Babies
    • Family Assist
    • AABD Medical

The Department pays funeral and burial expenses on two types of claims:

The maximum amount that DHS pays is:

  • $1,103 for a funeral
  • $552 for a burial

A person who is not legally responsible for the deceased may contribute to:

  • the cost of the casket, urn, or vault; or
  • the cost of additional expenses or merchandise that are not required to be provided with the Department's payment.

Applications may be found at your local Family Community Resource Center. Use the DHS Office Locator to find your local Family Community Resource Center.

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