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.