|The Medicare Hospice Benefit
Who Pays for Hospice ?
There is no reason to defer hospice care due to financial concerns. The Medicare/Medicaid/Private Insurance Hospice Benefit is an inclusive benefit, in which all hospice services that are related to the terminal illness are covered 100% by Medicare Part A.
There are no co-pays or out-of-pocket expenses.
Care that is unrelated to the terminal illness continues to be covered by
Medicare Parts A and B, with all normal rules applicable
(e.g., co-payments, coverage guidelines and deductibles).
Coverage includes everything involved in hospice care that is related to the patients hospice diagnosis. This includes visits by a nurse, medical social worker, chaplain and nurses assistants as well as medical equipment, incontinent supplies and all medications related to the terminal diagnosis.