Hospice care is covered under Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance). You are eligible for Medicare hospice benefits when you meet all of the following conditions:
You are eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance), and
Your doctor and the hospice medical director certify that you are terminally ill and probably have less than six months to live, and
You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare covered benefits for your terminal illness, and
You receive care from a Medicare-approved hospice program.
Please note: 'Traditional' Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that are not related to your terminal illness.
In most states, including Nebraska, hospice is also covered by Medicaid.
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End-of-Life Financial Planning
The 2007 Nebraska End-of-Life Survey Report tells us that 97 percent of Nebraskans say it is important to them to have their finances in order before the end of their life. However, just over one-half have completed a will. And, 76 percent report it is important to them to plan their own funeral or memorial service but less than one-fourth have pre-planned their funeral or burial service.
Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, offers practical, end-of-life financial information and resources.