More About Medicare: Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facility, and Hospice Care Benefits


Medicare is the nation’s largest provider of health care to individuals age 65 and older. Although Medicare does not pay for long-term care, it does provide varying amounts of coverage for hospice care, home health care, and short-term stays in Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities. However, stringent requirements must be met in order to receive these benefits.

This course begins with a broad overview of the four parts of Medicare—Parts A, B, C, and D. It then takes a comprehensive look at three Medicare benefits—short-term skilled nursing facility care, home health care, and hospice care—that are critically important to individuals as they age. Benefit eligibility, out-of-pocket costs, and the various benefits that Medicare provides for these types of care are explained in detail.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the benefits provided by Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D
  • describe the eligibility criteria to receive Medicare-covered skilled nursing facility care
  • distinguish between skilled care and custodial care
  • understand the eligibility requirements that must be met to receive Medicare-covered home health care
  • describe the types of home health care services that Medicare will cover
  • understand who is eligible to receive Medicare-covered hospice care
  • list the types of hospice services that Medicare will cover
  • describe how Medicare Advantage may differ in its approach from Original Medicare in providing health care benefits

Designed For

Life and health insurance producers; financial planners and advisors working with senior clients

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