Federal Trade Commission

The last section of the Funeral Rule notice (Issues 37-40) raises questions whether there are funeral provider practices that disproportionately affect minority communities.  Again, we are not quite sure the intent of the FTC when raising these questions.  Concerns have been raised that FEMA’s COVID-19 funeral assistance did not benefit the minority communities as much

The intent behind Issue No. 22 of the FTC Notice to revise the Funeral Rule has us a little perplexed.  Funeral providers may charge a lower basic services fee for direct cremations and immediate burials.  Issue 22 seems to be asking whether funeral providers must disclose when they do not have a lower basic service

As discussed in our prior post, the FTC’s rulemaking notice for amending the Funeral Rule requests public comment on 40 Issues.   Those 40 issues are grouped by the FTC in the following 7 categories of potential amendments:

  1. Electronic price disclosure – whether and how funeral providers should be required to display or distribute price information