What Is Covered

Paying for care

Medicare and Medicaid cover the cost of hospice services, as do most private insurance plans. However, WesleyLife Hospice will not turn anyone away due to an inability to pay for care. 

What does Medicare cover?

Medicare covers these hospice services and pays nearly all of their costs:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment (such as wheelchairs or walkers)
  • Medical supplies (such as bandages and catheters)
  • Drugs for symptom control and pain related to the terminal illness
  • Short-term care, including respite and in-patient care for pain and symptom management
  • Home health aide and homemaker services
  • Social work services
  • Dietary counseling
  • Grief support to help you and your family

You will receive care to help manage symptoms related to your illness. Care includes medications for symptom control and pain relief, physical care, counseling, and other hospice services.

You are eligible for Medicare hospice benefits when you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You are eligible for Medicare Part A (inpatient coverage).
  • Your doctor and the hospice medical director certify that you have a life-limiting illness and that if the disease runs its normal course, death may be expected in six months or less.
  • You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare-covered benefits for your illness*.
  • You receive care from a Medicare-approved hospice program.

*Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health needs that aren’t related to your life-limiting illness.


What does Medicaid cover? 

Medicaid's "Hospice Benefit" includes an array of services furnished to terminally ill individuals. These services include: nursing, medical social services, physician services, counseling services to the terminally ill individual and the family members or others caring for the individual at home, short-term inpatient care, medical appliances and supplies, home health aide and homemaker services, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services. 

For additional information regarding Medicaid coverage, visit Medicaid.gov or call WesleyLife Hospice. 


Contact Us

Call 515-271-6777 (day and night) or contact us electronically and a representative will contact as soon as they receive your email. 

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Medicare Hospice Benefits, Jan. 2015

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