Hospice services are covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.
Medicare is the largest payer for hospice services. The Medicare Hospice Benefit, initiated in 1983, is covered under Medicare Part A and provides that Medicare beneficiaries who choose hospice care receive a full scope of medical and support services for their terminal illness, including coverage of all medical equipment, medications, and other supplies.
Hospice care also provides support to the family and loved ones through a variety of emotional, spiritual, and bereavement services. Patients with Medicare coverage have already paid for hospice throughout their working life via Medicare payroll deductions, and there are no further out-of-pocket costs.
In addition, hospice is covered by most Medicaid and commercial insurance plans with few, if any, out-of-pocket costs.