M. Greg DeSautel, MD
Cabinet Secretary

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December 22, 2014

South Dakota Ranked Number One in Aiding Medicare Beneficiaries

PIERRE, S.D. –South Dakota’s overall Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) performance measures score ranked first out of 54 states and territories for the period of Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014, according to Technical Frontiers, Inc., the entity that collects performance measures data for purposes of the SHIP grant.

During this period 25,229 Medicare beneficiaries received free assistance from trained South Dakota Senior Health Insurance and Information Education (SHIINE) volunteers regarding their Medicare needs.

“South Dakota’s SHIINE program director, regional coordinators, trained volunteers and program partners provide exemplary public service statewide,” stated Department of Social Services Cabinet Secretary Lynne Valenti. “They served a record number of Medicare beneficiaries, found volunteers within underserved communities and collaborated with partners across the state to provide unbiased, confidential and free advocacy services.” 

For more information or to get involved in the SHIINE program call 1-800-536-8197 or contact your Regional Coordinator:

  • Eastern South Dakota: 
    Tom Hoy
    Phone: 605-333-3314 or 1-800-536-8197
    E-mail: shiine@cfag.org
  • Central South Dakota: 
    Dusty (Maureen) Rempher 
    Phone: 605-224-3212 or 1-877-331-4834
    E-mail: shiine@centralsd.org
  • Western South Dakota:
    Debbie Stangle
    Phone: 605-342-8635 or 1-877-286-9072
    E-mail: shiine@westriversd.org