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Paying for Hospice Care: The Medicare Part A Benefit

Hospice care is covered 100% by the Medicare part a benefit, and the majority of patients who have Medicare will have the part a benefit.



A nurse arriving at a patient's home to provide care.



The Medicare part a benefit covers:

  • All hospice service levels including routine, continuous, and GIP care

  • Durable medical equipment

  • Medications the patient needs

  • Bereavement support

  • Patient supplies and toiletries

  • And more


If the patient does not have Medicare, or they have Medicare but do not have the part a benefit, hospice care can be covered by Medicaid and most private insurance companies. Insurance plans typically include a hospice benefit that covers hospice care 100% for in network providers and will provide the same resources that Medicare does, such as medical equipment and any needed medications.


The hospice benefit does not cover:

  • Treatments or medications that are intended to cure an illness, or prolong life

  • Ambulance transportation

  • Hospital stays and fees associated to care provided in emergency departments

  • Room and board costs for assisted living facilities and nursing homes

  • Food


Medicare will pay for a patient's hospice care as long as the patient has a terminal illness and has been given a life expectancy of 6 months or less by a physician. However, care can exceed 6 months if the patient remains physically and emotionally eligible.



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