This type of care is known as a “Hospice Benefit” and is covered by Medicare Part A, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and private insurance (call your individual provider to confirm). Most care, supplies, and durable medical equipment such as hospital beds, oxygen, and medications related to the terminal diagnosis are covered. Hospice of Montezuma is a non-profit organization certified by Medicare and Medicaid.
If You are Uninsured or Underinsured
Patients not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, or who have no private insurance hospice benefit and have limited resources, may apply for financial assistance which is funded through grants, fundraising, and community donations.
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If Hospice Care Ends
Your Physician’s Decision
At times, a terminally ill patient’s disease improves or may enter remission. If this occurs, your doctor may feel that you are no longer medically eligible for hospice care and will not re-certify you for hospice. If your physician deems you to be eligible at a later date, you can resume hospice care at any time.
A Patient’s Decision
As a hospice patient, you always have the right to stop receiving hospice services for any reason. If you choose to stop hospice care, you will return to the full Medicare coverage and eligibility you were receiving prior to your election of the hospice benefit.