How is hospice care paid for?
Hospice coverage is often provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and by many private insurance providers. At Hospice of Eastern Idaho, no one is turned away because of inability to pay. We can assist you in finding out whether the patient is eligible for any coverage. We appreciate it when anyone who does have the resources to pay for their care contributes as they can.
What are the costs associated with care outside the home?
Patients residing in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility can receive hospice care but may still be responsible to the facility for room and board. Medicaid recipients remain eligible to have Medicaid pay for room and board charges, less any patient liability amount.
What if I move to another city or state?
If there is a hospice in the area you are moving to, we can transfer your records to the new hospice if you let us know ahead of time that you are moving. There is no loss of benefits and no need to start a new claim, providing you sign up with the new hospice within 2 days of leaving our care.
The Medicare hospice benefit requires you have a Medicare part A benefit (which is the program that pays for hospice care) which has been activated. If you are a non-working spouse, you may be eligible to draw Medicare under your working spouse's number.