Who Is Eligible For Hospice Benefits?
A patient is eligible for hospice care if they meet the following conditions:
- Their doctor and the hospice medical director certify that they are terminally ill and have six months or less to live if the illness runs its normal course.
- They sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat the terminal illness.
Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that aren’t related to the terminal illness.