S. 1958 (97th): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of hospice care under the Medicare program.

Dec 15, 1981 (97th Congress, 1981–1982)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Robert Dole
Senator from Kansas
Related Bills
H.R. 5180 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 11, 1981


This bill was introduced on December 15, 1981, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Dec 15, 1981
Referred to Committee Dec 15, 1981

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52 cosponsors (31D, 21R) (show)

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Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to permit an individual to elect hospice care, in lieu of certain other benefits, during two periods of 180 days each during the individual's lifetime.
Provides for full reimbursement of reasonable costs to a hospice program, subject to a ceiling.
Directs the Comptroller General to conduct a study of the hospice reimbursement method.
Defines hospice care as including items and services furnished to the terminally ill in their homes, on an outpatient basis, and on a short term inpatient basis.

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