What if I'm concerned about how to pay for care?

Payment and insurance issues related to your serious illness may be causing you concern. However, palliative care and hospice costs are covered all or in part by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. In fact, many hospices provide care to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

The following care and services are included under the hospice Medicare benefit, which sets the standard for other insurers as well:

  • Medical and nursing care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Aide service
  • Medications, equipment and supplies related to the end-stage illness
  • Social services
  • Spiritual support
  • Volunteers
  • Bereavement support

Some hospices may also offer additional services, such as:

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy, as needed
  • Massage therapy, music enrichment and art expression
  • Pet therapy
  • Positive memories program

Expert end-of-life care can be provided regardless of your ability to pay.

Get answers to specific questions related to your care and services and learn if they are covered by your insurance.