Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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April 3, 2015

Long-Term Care Educational Sessions Scheduled Across South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is hosting several educational sessions in the coming weeks on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program (LTCPP).

Sessions will include basic information on long-term care, the related costs, how to plan for long-term care needs, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover and how the LTCPP can help. The hour-long educational sessions are open to the public. The session schedule can be found at

“It’s important for individuals to learn more about the available options for long-term care,” said State Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti. “DSS is committed to providing the information needed for South Dakotans to make the best possible choices for their future.”

DSS offers community educational sessions, educating and informing citizens on the LTCPP, and the need to plan ahead and prepare for long-term care. LTCPP education sessions have been scheduled at the following locations:

  • April 6, Vermillion: Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St., 2 p.m. CDT
  • April 7, Rapid City: Rapid City Community Education/Rapid City High School Building , 601 Columbus St. (west entrance), at 6:30 p.m. MDT
    • Session is open to the public, but registration is required. ComEd requires $19 fee. Please contact 605-394-5120
  • April 8, Spearfish: BHSU Staff and Faculty Fair – Student Union, at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. MDT
    • Presentation at the Staff and Faculty Fair at 2:30 p.m. MDT
  • April 9, Rapid City: SDSMT Staff and Faculty Fair – Surbeck Center, at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. MDT
    • Presentation at the Staff and Faculty Fair at 12 p.m. MDT
  • April 13, Madison: DSU Trojan Center – Regent’s Room, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. CDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • April 14, Mobridge: A H Brown Public Library Community Room, 521 N. Main St., at 4 p.m. CDT
  • April 15, Aberdeen: NSU – Graham Hall, James River Room (just next to and north of the student union), at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. CDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • April 16, Milbank: Grant County Library, 415 W. 1st Ave. at 2 p.m. CDT
  • April 20, Yankton: Yankton Public Library, 515 Walnut St., at 2 p.m. CDT
  • April 21, Winner: Tripp County Courthouse – extension meeting room, 200 E. 3rd St. at 2 p.m.
  • April 22, Pierre: Rawlins Municipal Library, 1000 E. Church Ave., at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • April 23, Miller: Courthouse Extension Room, at 10:30 a.m. CDT
  • April 23, Huron: Crossroads Inn – Symposium Room, 100 4th St. SW., at 1 p.m. CDT
  • April 28, Hot Springs: Hot Springs Public Library, 2005 Library Drive, 3 p.m. MDT
  • April 29, Rapid City: Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. MDT
  • April 30, Belle Fourche: Community Center, 1111 National St., at 10:30 a.m. MDT
  • May 5, Sioux Falls: Active Generations – Room 202, 2300 W. 46th St., at 10 a.m. CDT
    • Session is open to the public but registration through Active Generations is requested. Please call 605-336-6722.

 “A long-term care insurance plan certified by the Long-Term Care Partnership Program benefits people with long-term care needs, their families, long term care providers and the state's Medicaid program," said Secretary Valenti.

The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a public-private partnership which offers individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance without depleting their assets. DSS began offering educational sessions on the program in 2007 to raise awareness about long-term care insurance and the benefits for South Dakotans. To learn more, please visit

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