Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Paying for Hospice
99% of hospice patients have no out-of-pocket expenses. Medicare covers the cost as part of the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Get answers to common questions about paying for hospice below.
- Who pays for hospice? Is it covered by Medicare? My insurance? Medicaid? If you have Medicare Part A, you can get hospice care benefits if:*
- Who pays for hospice room and board? Medicare does not cover room and board while receiving hospice services. However, if the hospice team determines that you need short-term inpatient or respite care services that they arrange, Medicare will cover your stay in the facility.
- If I don’t have insurance, can I still receive hospice services? Yes.
- Can I receive hospice services and keep my Medicare Advantage Plan? If you were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan before you started receiving hospice services, you can remain in that plan if you continue to pay the plan’s premiums. You can choose to receive services covered by your Medicare Advantage Plan for health issues that are unrelated to your hospice diagnosis (or Original Medicare, if you have chosen this option instead of a Medicare Advantage Plan).
- Is there a fee for a hospice consultation? No.