American Rescue Plan: Eligibility for Health Insurance & Funeral Expenses

April 24, 2021

As part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan, LA County residents who lost their job during the last 18 months will be eligible to remain on their former employer’s insurance plan (through COBRA) at no cost until September 30.

All family members who were previously covered in your insurance plan will also be covered by this benefit. The expanded COBRA coverage also applies if you were shifted from full-time to part-time, if your status was changed by reduced business hours, or if you took a temporary leave of absence.

If this situation applies to you and extended COBRA coverage is your best option, reach out to your former employer right away. Your former employer is required to contact you by May 31, but each passing day means you are missing out on benefits to which you are entitled.

If you previously worked at a small business, you might also be covered by California’s COBRA program at

COBRA can be expensive in the long run, so if you need insurance coverage, also consider options at or

Funeral Expenses Assistance Available Following Deaths from COVID

Los Angeles County residents are now able to apply for financial help for funeral expenses through FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program.

To be eligible for funeral assistance, LA County residents must meet all of these FEMA established conditions:

The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified non-citizen who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.

LA County encourages eligible applicants to call FEMA’s Funeral Assistance Line at 844-684-6333 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or visit for additional information.