Paying for Hospice

Stethoscope on top of paper.You want comfort and reassurance at this time, not worry and hassles about how care will be paid. Hospice services are covered in full by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans with little or no expense to the patient. If a patient is not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, Community Hospice of Texas and Providence Hospice will assist patients and families in determining eligibility for coverage and other options. As a not-for-profit organization, Community Hospice of Texas and Providence Hospice will work closely with you and your family in finding solutions.

To be eligible for hospice care, you must have:

  • A diagnosis of a life-limiting illness with a life expectancy of six months or less. The six-month time period is simply a guideline for physicians. Hospices will provide care after six months if the patient continues to meet hospice eligibility criteria.
  • A desire for comfort care rather than curative care.
  • Two physicians who assess and certify the appropriateness of hospice care for each patient. This is typically the patient’s physician and the hospice medical director.

Hospice services may include:

  • Physician services and nursing care
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Medication for symptom control and pain relief
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Social services
  • Dietary counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Hospice aide support

Knowing all of your options for hospice care and support during a life-limiting illness will help you make the best choices to meet your goals. We offer an abundance of information with no commitment or obligation. Simply call Community Hospice of Texas at (800) 226-0373 or Providence Hospice at (800) 625-9328 for more information.