The recent winter storm dubbed “Snowquester” didn’t stop the New York State Funeral Directors Association’s delegation from attending the 2013 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Advocacy Summit.
Although the snowstorm didn’t pan out as the meteorologists had expected the event did provide an opportunity for NYSFDA members to meet face-to-face with members of Congress to discuss issues of critical importance to funeral service. While in Washington, DC, the group spoke to U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer; U.S. Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (18th C.D.); Christopher P. "Chris" Gibson (19th C.D.); Paul D. Tonko (20th C.D.); and staff of Brian Higgins (26th C.D.) about preserving the current SSI and Medicaid exclusion for irrevocable funeral and burial trusts. Without these exclusions, state and local governments would be forced to allocate public monies to fund this expense. This is problematic because many state and local governments are eliminating or severely reducing indigent funeral and burial funds due to current economic conditions.
Posted March 19, 2013