Will Medicare Pay For Medical Bills After Someone Dies?

If you are receiving Medicare, or know someone who is you may have many questions about the complex system that it is. One major question is will Medicare pay for medical bills after someone dies? The answer is complicated and could depend on many different factors. Spouses are especially worried about this since they may find themselves in debt because of the health care their loved one needed. Being prepared and knowing what your rights are is important for your personal financial security.

Why Wouldn’t Medicare Pay

The system is weird in that they only pay at the end of the month for things that were done during that month. If a person dies early in a month the Medicare policy could be terminated at that point. That creates the problem of who will have to pay for the services provided during part of that month. Many times Medicare won’t pay for medical bills after someone dies which means the health care facilities may come looking for someone to pay. Fortunately, there are many rules and regulations that can save a spouse from being indebted in these types of situations.

Be Proactive And Ask Medicare To Reevaluate The Situation

In some cases you can get Medicare to pay for these expenses if they are required to by law. The problem is that system is always overwhelmed and not everybody gets the coverage they deserve. If you can, contact your local office and plead your case. Even if Medicare won’t pay for medical bills after someone dies immediately, you can appeal the case. Don’t let the system take advantage of you and your personal finances. Spouses have rights, even when their partner passes on.

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2 Responses to “Will Medicare Pay For Medical Bills After Someone Dies?”


    My wife and I have BLUE CROSS ADVANTAGE AND PART ABC&D. She was diagnosed in November 2010 with a rapid growing brain cancer. Being the optimist that I am, I paid an attorney group specializing in getting MEDICAID-OVER $6,000, AND WAS PROMISED MEDICAID APPROVAL. After receiving 19 days of Chemo and radiation, she passed away on February 4, 2011. Now I am getting bills from drug companies, doctors I have never heard of, PRN units for transportation to get her to and from radiation. These “so called” CO PAYS ARE OUTRAGEOUS, AND BECAUSE OF THE “PAYDOWN” FOR MEDICAID-WHICH WAS NOT APPROVED-THEY TOLD ME SHE WAS DENIED BECAUSE SHE DIED-AND DID NOT NEED MEDICAID NOW. I am overwhelmed with payment demands, and an actually being sued by the drug company that provided the drugs. Basically, I am BROKE, UNEMPLOYED, AND WITHOUT A RETIREMENT PLAN. I definitely need HELP.

    Please give me some suggestions.


    Edward Dinkler
    (husband of Mary Dinkler for over 60 years)

  2. D. Pannullo says:

    How do we know if Medicare has been paid-in-full after someone passes? Will the Estate receive a bill and gets paid when the Estate is settled? What if the estate isn’r settled for 8 years?

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