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Nov 26, 2011 12:47 PM by Matt Stafford

Need for state funding increasing for indigent burials

DENVER (AP) - The number of indigent burials paid for by the state of Colorado is rising.

The Denver Post reports that according to figures from the Colorado Department of Human Services, the state paid more than $1.6 million in burial and cremation assistance for 1,552 people in the 2010 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

That's up about 37 percent from 1,132 people in 2006 at a cost of $1.2 million.

For this year, 524 people had received burial assistance through August.

People have to apply for burial assistance from the state and meet certain conditions.

 

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