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Program would help low-income WI residents cover funeral expenses

MADISON (WKOW) -- This Tuesday, the Joint Finance Committee is expected to vote on a bill that would expand a program that helps pay funeral and burial expenses for low-income Wisconsin residents.

Currently the program pays funeral and burial costs up to $3,500. If the bill is passed, the cost limit would increase to $4,500. The maximum funding for each claim would remain at $1,500.

The Department of Health Services says the expanded eligibility could increase claims by as much as 15 percent.

The department estimates the program cost roughly $7.8 million in 2009. If the bill passes, the department estimates the program's cost could increase by $538,000 per year.

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