The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers all care, equipment and supplies related to a patient’s hospice diagnosis. Yolanda Rhodes, patient financial services manager, explains hospice benefits that are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies, and how Lower Cape Fear LifeCare never refuses someone care based on their ability to pay.
When you or someone you love enters hospice care, we understand you have extensive questions. For many of our patients, these questions center around will insurance pay for hospice?
Will Insurance Pay for Hospice and What Services Are Covered?
The truth about hospice is that it is covered under Medicare part A. This care includes:
- A physician
- A social worker
- A chaplain
- Durable medical equipment
- Grief counseling and care for 13 months
All these services are covered under the Medicare hospice benefit. There is no cost to the patient. Medicaid and most private insurances also cover hospice.
Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Has Specialists to Help You
We have a highly qualified group of insurance specialists that work diligently in collaboration with all insurance payers to ensure that our patients receive the best care. Our veterans who have the VA benefits through the Veterans Administration also may have a Medicare hospice benefit and the veteran can decide which benefit they would prefer to use to cover hospice care.
Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Is Ready to Guide You Through the Insurance Process
Will insurance pay for hospice?
You shouldn’t let your uncertainty guide your decision. The bottom line is insurance, Medicare and VA programs all include some type of hospice benefit.
The Patient Financial Services Department is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we ask that you please reach out to us with any questions and concerns you have related to your bills.
Lower Cape Fear LifeCare: Serving the Community Since 1980
We’re the longest-operating, nonprofit hospice in the area, serving more than 6,000 families annually.
Lower Cape Fear Life Care is a non-profit organization, and we never turn a patient away due to their ability to pay. As a non-profit, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare provides a million dollars in charity care and supportive programs for individuals in our local communities and surrounding counties.
Our team is here to help. Please reach out to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.