People With Medicare
Medicare Hospice Benefits
What does Medicare cover?
- Doctor visits
- Nurses to care for you
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Drugs to make symptoms or pain better
- Hospice aides and homemakers
- Physical, speech, and occupational therapy to help you move, talk and do daily activities
- Social workers
- Advice on what to eat
- Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
- Short-term inpatient care if you need to go to the hospital for pain management or to treat a problem not related to your terminal illness
- Short-term respite care to give your caregivers a break
- Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage your pain and other symptoms. Your hospice team must recommend these.
What will Medicare NOT cover?
Under hospice, Medicare will not cover the following:
- Treatment to cure your terminal illness.
- Prescription drugs to cure your illness. Medicare will cover drugs to make your symptoms or pain better.
- Care from another hospice provider that your hospice medical team did not name. But you can change your hospice provider if you like.
- Room and board in a skilled nursing facility. Medicare will cover short-term inpatient or respite services when your hospice team arranges them. You may pay a small copayment for respite care.
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