Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2013

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2013

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Restrict Funeral Expense Payments

SECTION 12.   (A) Section 9 of chapter 117A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences: -- The commonwealth may recover this expense from any legally liable family members in the manner provided in this chapter, and if those family members do not pay this expense, the commonwealth shall pay an amount not exceeding $1,100 to the funeral establishment if the total expense of the funeral and final disposition does not exceed $3,500. The commonwealth shall have the right of reimbursement from whatever resources may exist in the estate of the deceased person.

(B) Section 10 of said chapter 117A is hereby repealed.

(C) Section 2 of chapter 118 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "disposition", in line 32, the following words:- and if the total expense of the funeral and final disposition does not exceed $3,500.

(D) Section 7 of chapter 118A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "disposition", in line 8, the following words:- and if the total expense of the funeral and final disposition does not exceed $3,500.
 
 

Summary:
This section prevents funeral homes from charging more than $3,500 if they want to receive state payment for funeral, burial, and cremation expenses of public assistance recipients.



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