Who is eligible to receive Hospice care under Medicare?

One can receive Medicare hospice benefits when all of these conditions are met:

  • You’re eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance).
  • Your doctor and the hospice medical director certify that you’re terminally ill and have 6 months or less to live if your illness runs its normal course.
  • You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat your terminal illness. (Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that aren’t related to your terminal illness.)
  • You receive care from a Medicare-approved hospice program.