How Costs Are Covered

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Cost for hospice care and services is covered by:

  • Medicare
    100% Coverage if these four requirements are met:
  1. The patient is eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)
  2. The patient’s doctor and a hospice medical director certify that the patient is terminally ill and has six months or less to live if the illness runs its normal course
  3. The patient signs a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat the terminal illness
  4. The patient receives care from a Medicare-approved hospice program

Services Hospice Provides Under the Hospice Medicare Benefit:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment
  • Medical supplies
  • Social worker services
  • Spiritual care
  • Dietary counseling
  • Volunteers
  • Grief counseling for patient and family
  • Medications for symptom control or pain relief
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the terminal diagnosis
  • Hospice aide and homemaker services, such as light housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Physical and occupational therapies, as appropriate for the plan of care
  • Music, pet, and/or massage therapies as appropriate for the plan of care. (Please call to see if these are available in your area.)
  • Speech-language pathology services, as appropriate for the plan of care
  • Short-term inpatient and respite care
  • Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage pain and other symptoms, as recommended by the hospice team

IMPORTANT: Medicare will continue to cover costs of benefits for any health problems that are not related to the patient’s terminal illness or covered under the Hospice Medicare Benefit.


  • Medicaid
  • Veteran Benefits
  • Private Insurance
  • Private Pay

Services provided regardless of ability to pay