The Medicare hospice benefit
Hospice care is a covered benefit under Medicare Part A and certain categories of Medicaid. Medicare Part D assists with medication coverage. To learn what requirements must be met and what is covered, please follow the following links: Medicare Part A and Medicare Part D.
Patient Care Fund
The Blue Ridge Hospice Patient Care Fund was established to provide funds to help cover the cost of hospice care. The patient must financially qualify for this support, which is provided by charitable donations, grants, or other community sources. Your Blue Ridge Hospice social worker is available to assist you with filling out the application to determine your qualification for the Patient Care Fund.
Room and board charges
If your loved one receives hospice care at the Inpatient Care Center, a nursing home, or other long-term care facility, the room and board charges may not be covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit.
The Medicaid hospice benefit
Virginia Medicaid coverage can be obtained and used alongside your loved one’s existing Medicare coverage. To learn more, please follow this link: Medicaid Hospice Benefit.
Private insurance plans protect you from paying the full costs of medical services when you are sick or injured. It is usually provided by an employer, retirement program, or personal policy purchased by the individual.
Most private insurance plans offer coverage for hospice and other end-of-life care services.