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Hospice services are provided to individuals who are terminally ill and at the end of life.

These services are intended to provide comfort or palliative care.

  • When an individual younger than age 21 elects to receive hospice care, it does not constitute a waiver of any rights of the individual to receive curative services related to the treatment of a terminal condition.
  • When an adult over the age of 21 elects to receive hospice care, he or she agrees to waive Medicaid services provided to him or her for the cure and treatment of the terminal condition.

An individual may choose to discontinue hospice services, and may re-elect hospice services after cancellation, at any time.

To be eligible for hospice, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • be eligible for Medicaid;
  • be certified as being terminally ill by a qualifying medical professional;
  • elect hospice care in a written statement; and
  • meet all applicable criteria as set forth in Chapter rule 5160-56-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code.