Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Burial and Cremation Services Payment

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

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General Information
Description of ServiceThe Department of Human Services will provide payment for burial and cremation services on behalf of eligible individuals.
Geographical AreaPennsylvania: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland , Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
Intake ProcedureVisit website or visit your local county assistance office.
Helpful TipsTo receive payment, a funeral director must be registered as a provider with DPW. A funeral director may register by contacting:

Department of Public Welfare
Office of Medical Assistance
DPW Enrollment
Bureau of Fee for Service Programs
P.O. Box 8045
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675

Toll Free: 1-800-537-8862, option 1
Client Information
Target PopulationLow-Income
Age GroupAdults
EligibilityWho is eligible for this service?
  • Individuals who received Supplemental Security Income or SSI.
  • Individuals receiving cash benefits from the Department of Public Welfare prior to death.
  • Individuals who were found eligible for cash assistance prior to death.
  • Residents of nursing homes who received SSI or nursing home care payments prior to Jan. 1, 1973, continuously to the present.
Eligibility for assistance with burial costs is determined by the local county assistance offices (CAOs).
Fees or Charges
Types of FeesFree.
Hours of Operation Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm
Contact Information
Physical Site Address 1 7th & Foster Street # 333
Physical Site City, State, Zip Harrisburg, PA 17120
Mailing Address 1 PO Box 2675
Mailing City, State, Zip Harrisburg, PA 17105
Main Phone 800-692-7462
Hotline Phone 800-692-7462
Web Address
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Affiliated Program: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
This Service: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Burial and Cremation Services Payment
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance (PB-0900)
Social Security Burial Benefits (NS-1000.8000)