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Hospice Care

Benefits and Barriers for Low-Income Americans

By Mary T. Berthelot

Hospice care offers terminally ill people choices about their end-of-life care, such as the option to stay in their own homes. Especially for low-income people, accessing quality hospice care is not always easy, and the Medicare hospice benefit is the most common means of payment for such care. Advocates who understand the Medicare hospice care benefit and familiarize themselves with Medicaid hospice care programs, which tend to mirror the Medicare benefit, can help clients make the best choices about their end-of-life care.

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