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Paying for Hospice


Paying for Hospice

Hospice provides a full range of services for people with serious illness. It also supports loved ones and caregivers. It’s hard enough facing the fact that your aging or terminally ill loved one will be entering hospice shortly, but add the stress of determining who will pay for it all, and it’s understandable why you would feel so overwhelmed.

At Mission Healthcare, we are dedicated to helping our patients receive the best and most affordable care possible, which is why we work with many insurance companies and policies.


Payment Options

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid (in most states), the Veteran’s Health Administration, and most private insurers.

Learn more about insurance coverage and financial resources that help people pay for hospice care below.

*Other conditions not related to the specific hospice diagnosis may be covered differently.
Medicare is the U.S. government’s health insurance program for people 65 and over. The Medicare hospice benefit offers comprehensive coverage for hospice care costs when the patient meets eligibility criteria. Most hospice patients are eligible for Medicare Hospice Benefit, which covers up to 100% of hospice services. Learn more about Medicare hospice benefits here.
Medicaid (Medi-Cal in CA) is a state government program that provides health insurance and medical assistance to people who meet income eligibility requirements. If you have Medicaid, we can help you understand which services you may be eligible. Check your eligibility and benefits here, as Medicaid coverage vary by state.
In most cases, private insurance plans provide a hospice benefit. Deductibles, co-pays and limits of coverage are set by your individual policy. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to review the specifics of your coverage, plan, deductibles, and co-pays.
If you are a U.S. Veteran, your hospice care could be covered by The Department of Veterans Affairs. You can learn more by contacting a VA representative or by visiting the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Every situation is unique. While these are the most common ways that our hospice services are paid for, this does not cover every possible scenario. Contact us to discuss other payment options.

We are here to help you,
every step of the way.

Our insurance specialists have helped thousands of patients verify their hospice benefit. If you or a loved one is facing the final stage of a serious illness, we will work with you and your insurance company to verify benefits before start of care.

If you need help understanding your coverage, our staff is always here to answer your questions and make sure you or your loved one receive the quality care you deserve.


What to Expect

If you are seeking hospice care for yourself or a loved one, you will need a referral from a physician or medical provider for insurance to pay for your treatment. We accept referrals by phone, fax, or email from your provider. We will then verify your coverage and handle all insurance paperwork.

We encourage referrals early on, so that the patient and family may receive maximum benefit from the comprehensive services that we provide.

Find a location near you or refer a patient to our services below: