Excerpt from: NPR (click for full article)
"Lots of families can't afford to stop working to care for a patient," says Terry Berthelot, a senior attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy's Mansfield, Conn., office, where she works with seniors who've been denied hospice care, among other things.
Medicare typically pays most of the bills for hospice care. Under Medicare rules, patients who enter hospice care typically have less than six months to live.Once a patient chooses to enter hospice, the benefits include medical treatment for non-curative purposes such as pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families. Depending on a patient's needs, a nurse, home health aide or other hospice worker generally visits a patient on a regular basis.