Medicare and Continuing Care

Frequently Asked Questions

20. Who is eligible for Medicare’s hospice benefit?

To be eligible for hospice care, the patient must have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and

Medicare hospice benefits do not include treatment to cure terminal illness. If the patient's health improves or the illness goes into remission, he or she always has the right to stop getting hospice care and go back to the regular Medicare health plan. A hospice patient will continue to have Medicare benefits to help pay for treatment of conditions unrelated to the terminal illness.