Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill and have chosen not to pursue curative treatment. Hospice is palliative care only, in other words, services are aimed at comfort not curing an illness . (Children under the age of 18 years of age may continue curative treatment while receiving hospice services.) A specially trained team of professionals and caregivers provide care for the "whole person," including his or her physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Services include physical care, counseling, drugs, equipment, and supplies for the terminal illness and related condition. Support is given to the individual and his or her family members.
Who is eligible?
A member is eligible for hospice services if he or she meets all of the following conditions:
the individual is eligible for Medicaid;
the individual's doctor and the hospice medical director certify that the individual is terminally ill;and has six months or less to live if the illness runs its normal course;
the individual signs a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat your terminal illness. Medicare will pay for covered benefits for any health problems that are not related to the individual's terminal illness; and
treatment is delivered by a Medicare-approved hospice program.
If you are interested in more information about Hospice services, please contact: Micky Brown, Hospice Program Manager, at (406) 444-6064.