Answers to frequently asked questions about paying for hospice care.
Determining how to pay for hospice care is one of the first things that patients and their families will research. At Alliance Hospice in Augusta, hospice care and support services are available to anyone, regardless of type of insurance or financial resources available. No one who needs our services will be turned away regardless of their ability to pay.
Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance
For most hospice patients, the cost of hospice care is fully covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. The Medicare hospice benefit was established in 1982 to provide those patients with terminal illnesses with care focused on managing symptoms and pain from their disease. The hospice benefit was established to ease the high financial burden which can occur during the end of life process. Oftentimes Medicare covers 100% of the costs associated with hospice care.
The Medicare Hospice Benefit provides a daily benefit allowance to the hospice organization and, in turn, they provide for the necessary treatment, care, support, therapies and counseling as part of an individual plan of care.
You will be fully informed of your coverage status prior to admission to our hospice care program. If you are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance and do not receive hospice benefits, assistance may be available to patients and families served by Alliance Hospice. Each case is evaluated based on need by the Alliance Hospice Foundation Board with input from the Interdisciplinary team serving the patient and family. This evaluation will be performed in a timely manner to ensure the needs of the patient are considered. These funds are reserved for those in need of hospice care services who cannot afford hospice care on their own.
Who is eligible for the Medicare Hospice Benefit?
Medicare beneficiaries must meet the following criteria to qualify: