Although hospice care is intended for the final six months of life, hospice care is not discontinued if a client lives beyond that time. Hospice of Jefferson County is responsible for determining at regular intervals whether the client meets the hospice criteria, and it will plan with the client and family if the situation improves and hospice is no longer required.
Washington state has implemented a hospice benefit under the Department of Social and Health Services. As with the Medicare program, clients with DSHS must have a physician certify that he or she has a terminal illness and must sign appropriate consent forms electing to receive hospice care in place of the standard Medicaid benefits.
Each person’s insurance policy differs. Most insurance policies, including HMOs and PPOs, include some coverage for hospice care. Hospice of Jefferson County will assist clients in determining the extent of their insurance coverage.
If the person seeking hospice care has limited insurance coverage or no coverage for hospice services, Hospice of Jefferson County will work with the client and his or her family to determine the client’s eligibility for financial aid or to set up a reasonable payment schedule. Our desire is to offer services to clients in need, and we will work with clients and their families to make that happen.
Contact Hospice of Jefferson County at 360-385-0610.