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Who pays for hospice care?

Paying for hospice care can be more affordable than you may think. In fact, hospice is a fully covered Medicare benefit. Also, most health insurance plans, including Medicaid and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), include hospice services. No one is refused care by Hospice Buffalo because of inability to pay.

Eligibility to receive hospice care under Medicare?

  • Medicare Part A
  • Prognosis of 6 months or less by a physician

Your Hospice Medicare Benefit covers care for your terminal illness and related conditions. After your hospice benefit starts, you still have coverage for illnesses unrelated to your hospice diagnosis. The Hospice Medicare Benefit is available through all Medicare Managed Care Plans in Western New York.

Services Covered by the Medicare Benefit

Depending on Hospice Buffalo’s personalized plan of care, patient and family services may include:

  • Nurses and doctors who are specially trained in pain- and symptom- management to make routine and emergency visits
  • Home Health Aides who provide bathing and personal care
  • Social Workers to provide emotional support for you and your family and to assist with coordination of other services (schedule appointments and additional Hospice Services, etc.)
  • Spiritual Care Councelors for guidance and understanding
  • Expressive therapies (music, massage)
  • Volunteer visits and assistance
  • Dietary counseling
  • Medical equipment (such as oxygen, wheelchairs, etc.)
  • Medical supplies (such as bandages and incontinence supplies)
  • Prescription drugs related to the illness
  • Grief counseling for family

Will I lose Medicare coverage if I choose hospice care?

No. Medicare continues to pay for medical care that is unrelated to the condition for which Hospice Buffalo is providing care. There is no loss of coverage.

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Where can I receive hospice care?

Anywhere you call home! Hospice Buffalo cares for seriously ill individuals throughout Erie County, NY, in private homes, assisted living, nursing and developmentally disabled facilities, and some hospitals.

Can I keep my own doctor?

Yes. Hospice physicians and nurses consult with your doctor on all aspects of your care.

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