Paying for Hospice

Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover the majority of the costs for hospice services.

Part A of Medicare covers 100% of hospice services. Generally, most hospices also work with Medicaid, the Veterans Administration and private insurance companies. If you don’t have insurance coverage, the hospice admissions staff will work with you to determine financial responsibility and self-payments and to find out if you are eligible for other benefits that could help pay for services. If you need hospitalization for any reason unrelated to the terminal disease, traditional Medicare will be used. You can discontinue the Medicare hospice benefit at any time if you want treatment different from what hospice provides. You may also resume the Medicare hospice benefit at any time.