DOA begins accepting claims for COVID-19 bereavement assistance fund

Department of Administration (PNC file photo)

The Office of the Governor has announced that, in accordance with Executive Order 2020-35, the Department of Administration (DOA) is now ready to accept claims under the COVID-19 Bereavement Assistance Fund.

The COVID-19 Bereavement Assistance Fund was established through Executive Order 2020-35 to assist the families of individuals who have died due to COVID-19 or COVID-19-related complications. This one-time grant is worth $10,000 per decedent.

“As the number of deaths due to COVID-19 increases, too many individuals are facing both the incredible loss and the incredible financial burden associated with losing their loved ones. With each passing, I call the family to offer my condolences, and too many times during these calls, I hear their struggle to bury their loved ones in dignity,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “No family in mourning should have to worry about this. Creating the COVID-19 Bereavement Assistance Fund was the least we could do to help these families.”

“Though no amount of material wealth can replace the life of a loved one, the COVID-19 Bereavement Assistance Fund was established to comfort families through this grieving process,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio. “We hope this assistance will help relieve some of these unexpected financial burdens.”

Claim affidavits and instructions may be downloaded from the DOA website​ or may be obtained from the Benefits Section at the ITC Building (475-1103). Completed claims should be filed with the benefits section of DOA. DOA expects to disburse funds within five days of a fully completed claim.

(News release from the Office of the Governor)