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Who Pays for Hospice Care?

Most hospice patients do not have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses.

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Financial woes should not be the reason for patients to defer receiving hospice care. Most individuals who are receiving hospice care services nowadays take advantage of the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Such benefit covers 100% of all costs related to the care of the patients’ terminal illness. In most states, hospice coverage as well as palliative care are also provided by Medicare (MediCal in the State of California). The coverage typically includes everything related to hospice care, ranging from clinical visits by the doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional to medications, therapy services, and supplies.

Options for Paying for Hospice

For individuals ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare, private insurance or HMO can pay for the costs of hospice services, since there is a hospice benefit included in these plans.

For those who are not qualified to receive federal assistance and do not have any insurance, there are financial specialists employed by hospices to help families find resources available in their situation. Some of the payment options these families can take advantage of are charitable organizations and self-pay.

Facing a terminal illness is already worrisome. Do not let paying for end-of-life care be another thing you should worry about.

Advanced Palliative Services accepts the following:

  • Private Pay
  • Medicaid
  • Most major insurance plans

For more details, give us a call at 888-771-7APS.