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Paying for Hospice Care

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

Who is eligible to receive Hospice care under Medicare?

Hospice care is available to all Medicare beneficiaries who:

  • Have Medicare Part A
  • Are certified by their doctor as having an estimated life expectancy of six months or less.
  • Sign a statement “electing” hospice care for their medical condition.

The Hospice Medicare Benefit is available through all Medicare Managed Care Plans in Western New York. For illnesses unrelated to your hospice diagnosis, full coverage remains in effect.

What services are covered under the Hospice 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.)
  • Chaplains for spiritual 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
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • 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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Can we keep our own doctor?

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

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