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Who Pays for Hospice

Medicare, Medi-Cal, HMOs and Private Insurance.

Medicare, Medi-Cal and most private health insurers have a hospice benefit that pays for all or most of the costs associated with the types of hospice care. This means that families usually pay very little, and often nothing, for this end-of-life care. Some costs are not covered by insurers when hospice care is given in a retirement or nursing facility such as rent, meals and routine care services provided by the facility.

Most of our patients qualify for coverage through Medicare or Medicaid. Medicare pays all expenses related to hospice care — including nursing services, therapy, medications, supplies and the use of durable medical equipment and personal care.

This benefit is available to those who are enrolled in Medicare Part A and who are certified as having a life-limiting illness leaving them with life expectancy of six months or less. Medicare coverage for services unrelated to hospice stays the same, and patients can keep their personal physician if they choose.

Care One Hospice also accepts most private insurance plans, and provides services to military personnel in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

If none of those options is available to you, contact us to discuss your situation. Admission to Care One Hospice is based on the patient’s needs rather than the ability to pay.