Hospice is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit, and most private insurances. If a person does not have coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurance plan, hospices will work with the patient and their family to ensure needed services are provided.

Initiated in 1983, the Medicare Hospice Benefit is covered under Medicare Part A (hospital insurance). Medicare beneficiaries who choose hospice care receive a full scope of non-curative medical and support services for their enhancing the value of the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

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

  • You are eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance), and
  • Your doctor and the hospice medical director certify that you are terminally ill and probably have less than six months to live, and
  • You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare covered benefits for your terminal illness, and You receive care from a Medicare-approved hospice company.

Please note:

  • Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that aren't related to your terminal illness.

Hospice services routinely covered by insurance include:

* Doctor Services
* Skilled Nurse Care
* Social Worker Services
* Dietary Counseling
* Speech Therapy
* Spiritual Counseling
* Medical Equipment (ex..wheelchairs or walkers)
* Medical Supplies (ex..bandages and catheters)
* Grief support to help you and your family
* Drugs for symptom control and pain relief
* Certified Nurse Aide services
* Physical and Occupational Therapy
* Short-term care in hospital, including respite and inpatient for pain and symptom management

Who is Harbor Hospice

Harbor Hospice is much more than a place. We are devoted to giving each family a gift when they need it most...quality of life for our patients when they are facing life's greatest challenge.

At Harbor Hospice our commitment to excellence is reflected in our core values. Conveying these values throughout the organization with excitement and passion by word and action is what drives us.

“The gift of hospice is its capacity to help families see how much can be shared at the end of life. It is no wonder that many families can look back upon their hospice experience with gratitude.”

- Naomi Naierman, CEO AHF