What you pay for hospice care:
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. The hospice benefit is comprehensive, which means that services, medications, and equipment related to the patient’s hospice diagnosis are covered by hospice.
Costs that are not covered:
Generally, Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance will not pay for:
- Treatment, including medications, equipment and supplies, for conditions unrelated to the life-limiting illness.
- Care unrelated to the primary hospice diagnosis, Medicare A/B and Medicaid will continue to provide patients their routine benefits including physician visits.
- Care from physicians or other health care providers that is not set up by hospice.
- Room and board if you live in a nursing home, or in a hospice residential facility.
- Ambulance transportation, unless arranged by your hospice medical team.