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Eligibility: To be eligible for the hospice benefit, a person must be certified by a medical provider as having a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness follows its natural course.


Covered ServicesThe hospice benefit provides a wide range of services, including medical care, spiritual, emotional, social, and volunteer support, medications related to the terminal illness, medical equipment, and supplies.


Care SettingsHospice care can be provided in a variety of locations, wherever the person calls home. 


Patient Choice: Beneficiaries have the right to choose hospice care and can also decide to stop hospice services if they wish to pursue alternative treatment.


Coverage for Other Treatments: While receiving hospice care, beneficiaries continue to receive coverage for treatments related to conditions other than terminal illness through their regular medical benefits.


Cost: Under Medicare hospice benefit, patients typically pay little to no out-of-pocket expenses for hospice services. Private insurance costs may vary depending on plan coverage. 

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