Medicare provides a hospice benefit that covers the full cost of hospice care. The care covered includes a hospice team to help care for a patient and provide them with medications and medical equipment to manage symptoms related to their diagnosis.
If you elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit, you do not give up all other Medicare benefits. In order to elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit, you must be enrolled in Medicare, Part A. However, you may still use all appropriate Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, if enrolled, for the treatment of health problems not related to your hospice diagnosis. When standard benefits are used for conditions not related to hospice, you are responsible for Medicare’s deductible and coinsurance amounts.