Hospice Patients Alliance: Consumer Advocacy


Whether you are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, hospice services are available to you. If you do not have any health care coverage, many hospices will make their services available anyway. When the public makes charitable donations to hospices part of that money is reserved for such charitable services. Even the homeless can get hospice services from the charitable work of many hospices. If you have questions about paying for hospice and have private insurance, check with your insurance company's customer service answer line. Many companies do provide coverage for hospice.

If you are covered by Medicare Part A, you should know that there is a specific "Hospice Benefit" paid for by Medicare which covers all services, medications and equipment required which are needed for care related to the terminal illness. If you happen to have more than one illness, Medicare should continue to pay for the other services needed to treat those other medical conditions. (See "Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance" - Section 4a of this text).

If you find that you do not have coverage from a private insurance policy, check with more than one hospice to see which one will provide services to you. The local yellow pages may be helpful. If you live in a remote area and cannot find a local hospice to assist you, you might try contacting a nonprofit charitable hospice in a nearby city.

If you have questions about hospice, we hope that you will take the time to visit the hundreds of pages at our website, read our Guide to Hospice Care, visit our resources and links section (with hundreds of vital resources listed).

Hospice Patients Alliance affirms that all human life is inherently valuable and that the role of hospice nurses, physicians and all other staff is to alleviate suffering and provide comfort for the sick and dying without sanctioning or assisting their suicide. A death with dignity allows for a natural death in its own time, while doing everything possible to assure relief from distressing symptoms. Hospice Patients Alliance works hard to promote quality hospice care throughout the USA. If you would like to support our mission, we hope you wille consider supporting our mission through a donation. Hospice Patients Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit corporation and your donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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