Hospice Care: An Overview of Hospice Care and Policy Considerations

September 2, 2020


Elizabeth (Izzy) Montgomery, MPA
Policy Analyst

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This explainer provides an overview of hospice care, a type of end-of-life care provided to seriously ill patients to manage their symptoms, including pain, sometimes alongside curative treatment. Hospice care is increasingly needed as the population of Americans age 65 and older grows.

Among the topics covered are levels of hospice care, the services it includes, who pays for it, and issues facing policymakers.

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