The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs (FCAME) is the regional chapter of a national non-profit consumer education and advocacy organization, the Funeral Consumers Alliance.
Results of 2010 price survey of the local funeral industry.
Read about the latest developments.
Summer 2014 Plain Talk - the FCAME Newsletter. It includes articles on funeral and cemetery-related legislation the Maryland General Assembly considered this year, what you need to know about caskets and urns, and how mortuary transport services will be regulated in Maryland.
Spring 2014 Plain Talk - the FCAME Newsletter. It includes articles on crematory regulations just enacted in Maryland, the merger of the two largest owners of funeral homes and cemeteries in North America, and how your donations to FCAME are spent.
Watch a video discussing death care options, "Consumer Compass #15", which was produced for Montgomery County's Office of Consumer Protection by the county's cable TV channel.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1031 / SB 586 to allow immediate access to funeral home preparation rooms for unannounced inspections. FCAME supported; bills were passed.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1042 / SB 648 to create a reasonable process for handling the obligations of a deceased single owner of a funeral home. FCAME supported; bills were passed.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1239 / SB 775 to require pre-need contracts be reported to the State & audited when their owners have a concern. FCAME supported; bills were defeated.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 593 / SB 415 to require disclosure in pre-need contracts on which items have guaranteed prices and which don't. FCAME supported; bills were passed.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1303 / SB 751 to allow consumers' pre-need funds to be invested in securities. FCAME opposed; bills were defeated.
FCAME testimony in February 2014 on HB 1187 to prohibit trafficking in human organs. FCAME supported; bill was defeated.
FCAME testimony in February 2014 on SB 835 to exempt a 150 year old cemetery from regulation. FCAME opposed; bill was defeated.
FCAME testimony in January 2014 on HB 13 to clarify how perpetual care trusts and pre-need trust accounts can be used. FCAME supported; bill was passed in both House & Senate.
Information to help with the purchases of burial goods and services made from a cemetery, funeral home or monument dealer
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