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Hospice staff is often present at a patient’s death and is usually closely involved as death approaches. This is one of hospice’s greatest abilities, and can be one of the gifts that this care brings—helping the patient and his or her loved ones cope and understand what is happening as a person is dying.
The costs of hospice care are generally covered under Medicare. The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers the range of medical and supportive services—meaning psy¬chological, emotional and spiritual services that are deemed “reasonable and neces¬sary” by Medicare for managing a person’s illness. Most state Medicaid programs offer hospice coverage, as do most private health insurance plans.
Hospice care is available to patients for as long as the patient needs care. As long as a physician certifies that the patient continues to meet guidelines for receiving hospice care, hospice is available in an unlimited number of 60-day periods.