Terminally Ill Law and Legal Definition

The term terminally ill in the context of health care refers to person who is suffering from a serious illness and whose life is not expected to go beyond 24 months at the maximum. Terminally ill patients are responsible for their room and board cost even though they are covered by medicare-provided hospice palliative care.

According to 26 USCS § 101(4)(A), the term "terminally ill individual" means an individual who has been certified by a physician as having an illness or physical condition which can reasonably be expected to result in death in 24 months or less after the date of the certification.