NEW YORK — New York’s City Council is set to vote Tuesday to accept burial insurance for anyone who lost a job due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it could lead to new regulations governing how much people should pay to bury.
The city council approved a resolution Monday calling for city residents to pay $5,000 for the insurance.
Under the legislation, anyone who is in the U.S. and has been unemployed for three weeks or more can request burial insurance.
If a death is confirmed to be from the coronivirus, it would be considered a death under New York law.
If it is ruled a death caused by the coronovirus, the City Council would set a maximum of $25,000.
The legislation is designed to provide for a family’s right to pay for funeral expenses.
Council members have also passed resolutions calling for more funerals and the implementation of the coronasal masks worn by coronaviruses.
The New York Health Department said Tuesday it had no immediate comment on the new bill.
The city had no coronaviral death data at the end of last year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the legislation during a visit to the city’s public hospital system last week.
The measure would apply to those whose unemployment insurance was less than 10 percent of their gross income.
The average insurance amount in New York is $11,000, according to the department.
Under the proposal, people with income above that threshold would not be eligible to request burial, the department said.
The health department also would require that the request be accompanied by documentation of a death in the city that occurred within three months of the request.
The new legislation also would allow the city to require that a burial be paid for if the person was found in a state of critical illness or if the death was confirmed to have been caused by a coronaviscide.
If the death is ruled an accidental death, the city would not have to pay.
A spokesman for the mayor’s office declined to comment on whether the mayor planned to sign the bill into law.