My father recently passed (in Florida). More than one person or institution told my mother that she was not responsible for Dad's medical bills. While this is lovely for my mother, are the hospitals (often where the elderly pass) not reimbursed, or does this only apply to the patient charges? I must say, the hospital did everything possible to find a place to discharge my father to - in his last days. It was very stressful dealing with the "discharge planning nurse", who did not tell me that a person cannot be forced to leave the hospital. Finally, when my Dad began to talk with hospice, the hospice nurse told me he could not be forced to leave the hospital. I would like to understand this process, as my Mom is in ill health and I will likely go through this with her soon.