Jason Chaffetz: COVID funeral payments – Biden program an invitation to commit fraud. Here's how

Unbeknownst to most American taxpayers, they’re on the hook to cover the funeral costs of many COVID-19 victims. Thanks to a Biden administration program that reimburses up to $35,500 to applicants who buried a loved one, funerals are the newest entitlement program.  

It doesn’t matter if they’re rich or poor so long as they have a death certificate listing COVID-19 as the cause of death. Oh, and if they don’t have that, the FEMA website provides a handy FAQ section providing guidance on how to amend a death certificate to attribute the death to COVID-19.

Given the much higher reimbursement rates hospitals received for treating COVID-19 patients, it’s hard to imagine there are a lot of deaths that were improperly attributed to other causes. It’s much more plausible to imagine deaths resulting from other causes being attributed to COVID-19

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Given an incentive worth tens of thousands of dollars, how easy would it be to reclassify a death based on an earlier exposure or positive test, even if unrelated to the actual cause of death?  

This is a program ripe for abuse. Earlier this month Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, raised questions about

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