For Congress

Hospice is a philosophy of caring for those living with a life-limiting illness.

The hospice philosophy holds that end-of-life care should emphasize quality of life. The object is to treat the whole person, and not just the disease. The hospice philosophy focuses on patient/family-centered care that addresses the physical, spiritual, emotional, and practical needs of the patient.

What is hospice?
An interdisciplinary team of health care professionals work with the patient and family to design and implement a plan of care unique to the patient’s diagnosis. In addition, hospice provides all medications, services, and equipment related to the terminal illness. Hospice care does not end with the patient’s death; it continues with up to 13 months of bereavement counseling for the family and loved ones. (Read more…)

The Medicare Hospice Benefit.
More than 90% of hospices in the United States are certified by Medicare. Medicare defines a set of hospice core services, which many hospices surpass through voluntary, community-based efforts. (Read more…)

How you can help. Hospice needs your help in Congress. Please consider learning more about hospice in your state or district. NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, or connect you with a program in your area. Please contact Tony Kudner, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for more information at or 703-837-3150.

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