The Denver Hospice

For over three decades, more than 60,000 patients and their family members have turned to us for care and comfort during difficult times.
As Colorado’s leader in hospice and palliative care we are committed to caring for everyone who comes through our door wherever they call home.
The Denver Hospice cares for the elderly at the end of their long, rich lives, those struck far too young by advanced illness, offers comfort to those who choose to battle their life-limiting illness, offers comfort and grief counseling to families and friends.

About Paying for Hospice Care


At The Denver Hospice, we understand that dealing with finances along with an illness can be overwhelming. We want to make paying for hospice care as easy as possible. We are available to answer any financial questions.

Questions and help

If you have any financial questions or concerns, you may contact us ANYTIME at (303) 321-2828.

Who pays for hospice care?

At The Denver Hospice, we understand that dealing with finances along with an illness can be overwhelming. We want to make information about paying for hospice care as easy to understand as possible.

The following displays different methods to pay for hospice care:


Medicare provides a hospice benefit that covers the full cost of hospice care. The care covered includes a hospice team to help take care of a patient and provide them with medications and medical equipment to manage symptoms related to their diagnosis.

Medicare covers the following hospice services when related to a hospice diagnosis and pays nearly all of their costs:

• Nursing care and Certified Nursing Assistant services

• Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or walkers

• Medical supplies, such as bandages and catheters

• Medications to manage and control symptoms and relieve pain

• Physical and occupational assessments

• Social worker services

• Chaplain services

• Nutritional counseling

• Grief and loss counseling for patients and families

If you elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit, you do not give up all other Medicare benefits. In order to elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit, you must be enrolled in Medicare, Part A. However, you may still use all appropriate Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, if enrolled, for the treatment of health problems not related to your hospice diagnosis. When standard benefits are used for conditions not related to hospice, you are responsible for Medicare’s deductible and coinsurance amounts. 

Medicare Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)

Medicare HMOs, such as Kaiser Permanente and Secure Horizons, also cover hospice care. You do not have to relinquish other HMO services to receive hospice care.

Colorado Medicaid

Colorado Medicaid has a hospice benefit for patients who qualify for regular Medicaid benefits. Colorado Medicaid pays for the same hospice services as Medicare. In addition, room and board in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility is paid through Medicaid. It is not available through Medicare.

Private Insurance

In most cases, private insurance plans provide a hospice benefit. Deductibles, co-pays, and limits of coverage are set by your policy. The Denver Hospice Admissions Department will verify eligibility for hospice care and any limits that may apply.


Self-pay rates and payment arrangements are available through our administrative offices. A Patient Benefit Advisor will discuss your situation and work with you.

Inability to Pay

As an independent, community-based, not-for-profit healthcare provider, we offer hospice services in our home care program if you don’t have the resources to pay or are not eligible for insurance. We are committed to providing care to those who are in need.


What is excluded from hospice care? Hospice patients receive comfort care to help cope with their illness, not cure it. Comfort care includes medications for symptom control and pain relief, physical care, counseling, and other hospice services. Hospice uses medicines, equipment, and supplies to make a patient feel as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

• Under the hospice benefit, Medicare won’t pay for treatment to cure an illness. Talk with your primary care doctor when considering potential treatment to cure an illness.

• Room and board are not covered by most insurance companies when receiving hospice care in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or in our inpatient care center. There are also additional costs for a private room.