Who Pays for Hospice?
99.2% of Hospice Patients Don't Have Any Out-of-Pocket Expenses
There is no reason to defer hospice care due to financial concerns. Most people receiving hospice services today use the Medicare Hospice Benefit, which covers 100 percent of the cost of care related to the terminal illness. In most states, Medicaid (MediCal in California) also provides hospice coverage. Coverage includes everything involved in hospice care, from visits by a nurse, physician and other healthcare professionals to therapy, medication and supplies.
For those not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, payment for hospice can come from private insurance or an HMO, since these also include a hospice benefit.
Hospices employ financial specialists to help families who do not qualify for federal assistance and do not have insurance find available resources. The payment options for these families include self-pay and charitable organizations.
Facing a terminal illness brings with it many concerns. Paying for end-of-life care shouldn’t be one of them.
Contact us to see if hospice is right for you or your loved one.
Source: NHPCO's Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America