Date reviewed: 10/17/2002
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- The Hospice Education Institute offers information and referrals on various hospice programs around
the country and provides regional seminars on hospice care throughout the United States. Comments or
suggestions about hospice programs are also welcomed from health professionals and hospice volunteers.
Address: 190 Westbrook Road
Essex, CT 06426–1510
E-mail: HOSPICEALL@aol.com Web site: http://www.hospiceworld.org
- The American Cancer Society offers a variety of services to hospice patients and their families.
The ACS has free fact sheets and publications about hospice as well. The address of a local ACS chapter
may be obtained by calling their toll-free telephone number.
Telephone: 1–800–ACS–2345 Web site: http://www.cancer.org
- Hospice Net is an organization that works exclusively through the Internet. It contains more than
one hundred articles regarding end-of-life issues and is dedicated to providing information and
support to patients, families, and friends facing life-threatening illnesses.
E-mail: email@example.com Web site: http://www.hospicenet.org
For many people, some hospice expenses are paid by health insurance plans (either group policies offered by employers or individual policies). Information about the types of medical costs covered by a particular policy is available from an employee’s personnel office, a hospital or hospice social worker, or an insurance company. Medical costs that are not covered by insurance are sometimes tax deductible.
Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly or disabled that is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the Federal Government, provides payment for hospice care. When a patient receives services from a Medicare-certified hospice, Medicare hospital insurance pays almost the entire cost, even for some medications that would not be paid for outside a hospice program. For information about the location of Medicare-certified hospice programs, people can call their state health department; the telephone number may be found in the state government section of a local telephone directory. The Medicare Hotline can answer general questions about Medicare benefits and coverage; it can also refer people to their regional home health intermediary for information about Medicare-certified hospice programs. The toll-free telephone number is 1–800–MEDICARE; deaf and hard of hearing callers with TTY equipment may call 1–877–486–2048. Medicare information can also be accessed at http://www.medicare.gov on the Internet.
Medicaid, a Federal program that is part of CMS and is administered by each state, is designed for patients who need financial assistance for medical expenses. Information about coverage is available from local state welfare offices, state public health departments, state social services agencies, or the state Medicaid office. Information about specific state locations may also be found at http://cms.hhs.gov/medicaid on the Internet.
In addition, local civic, charitable, or religious organizations also may be able to help patients and their families with hospice expenses.