When an individual has Medicare or AHCCCS* and meets hospice eligibility requirements, most services of hospice staff are covered under the Medicare benefit. Some medical supplies and equipment for patients, as well as diagnosis-related prescriptions for pain and comfort management, may also be covered.
The Medicare hospice benefit provides for holistic, all-inclusive quality end-of-life care at no cost to terminally-ill Medicare beneficiaries.
*AHCCCS (pronounced like the word “access”) stands for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. It offers health care programs to Arizona residents who meet specific requirements to obtain services.