- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The state medical examiner’s office has nearly doubled the amount of money offered to funeral homes to bury unclaimed bodies in an effort clear a backlog of corpses that threatened to overwhelm storage capacity.

The office last month started offering funeral homes an additional $1,000 to handle the burials, up from the $1,100, already offered by the Department of Transitional Assistance. Funeral homes said $1,100 was insufficient to cover costs.

At the lower fee, just three homes handled the burials.

A spokesman for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, which oversees the medical examiner, tells The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/213cTLz ) that since the higher fee took effect Jan. 13, funeral directors have accepted 17 unclaimed bodies for burial.

The office handles an average of 100 such cases each year.

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