Paying for Hospice

It is the mission of Talbot Hospice to provide compassionate care and support to patients and families without regard to their financial circumstances. Talbot Hospice does not deny services based upon a patient’s inability to pay.

Most patients who are eligible for hospice services are Medicare beneficiaries; Medicare covers substantially all services provided by Talbot Hospice [see “Can Hospice Help”].

Medicaid and most private insurance companies, such as CareFirst and United Health, also pay for hospice services. Our staff will help you determine what coverage you may have.

You are eligible for Medicare hospice benefits from Talbot Hospice 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 you have a life-limiting illness, that if the disease runs its normal course, death may be expected in six months or less, and,
  • You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare covered benefits for your illness, and,
  • You are a resident of Talbot County, and,
  • You receive your care from Talbot Hospice, or care that is arranged by Talbot Hospice.

Hospice benefits pay for:

  • Doctor services and nursing care
  • Medical equipment (like wheelchairs or walkers) and medical supplies (like bandages and catheters) that are related to your hospice illness
  • Drugs for symptom control and pain relief
  • Home health aide and homemaker services
  • Emotional and spiritual support from social workers and chaplains for patients, families and friends
  • Companionship and other assistance from trained hospice volunteers
  • Grief support to help you and your family and other caregivers
  • See “Can Hospice Help” or go to https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/02154.pdf

Hospice benefits do not pay for:

  • Treatment intended to cure your illness
  • Medications, supplies and other treatments not directly related to your hospice illness
  • Nursing home room and board
  • Talbot Hospice House room and board
  • Hourly care, such as around-the-clock caregivers in your home