PIERRE, S.D. – Most people do not like to think about the fact that they may one day need nursing home, assisted living or other long-term care services. Most people are also surprised at the costs of long-term care and do not think of having to use their entire life savings to pay for those needs and services. The reality is that about two-thirds of all Americans will likely need some type of supportive services after age 65.
Some common questions people ask are:
The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a public-private partnership offering individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance. Once private insurance benefits are used, special Medicaid eligibility rules are applied if additional coverage is necessary.
Starting in September, the State of South Dakota will visit over 40 different communities to educate and inform citizens about long-term care, the costs related to it, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover and how the Long-Term Care Partnership Program can help. The education sessions are free and open to the public; below are the times, dates and locations for the month of September. Each session is scheduled for one hour and all times below are Standard Central Time.
If you are unable to attend an education session, free educational conference calls are also available by calling Heather at 605-336-1745.
The State of South Dakota has also launched a new website with specific information about the South Dakota Long-Term Care Partnership Program. This site provides citizens with the most up-to-date information available on the Partnership Program in South Dakota. It also contains the history of the Partnership Program, a message from Governor Rounds, frequently asked questions, planning for long-term care, the costs of long-term care, how to purchase a Partnership policy and much more.
Media Note: View the press kit.