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September 20, 2010
Free Educational Sessions on
Long-Term Care Options Scheduled

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions this fall on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.

“It is important to understand your long-term care options and develop a plan, both for your own benefit and for the sake of your family,” said Deb Bowman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. “I strongly encourage families to consider a long-term care insurance plan certified by the Long-Term Care Partnership Program, which can offer additional protection for them and their loved ones.”

The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a public-private partnership that offers individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance without depleting their assets. The South Dakota Department of Social Services began offering free educational sessions on the program in 2007 to raise awareness about long-term care insurance and the benefits for South Dakotans.

The fall schedule includes stops in several communities. Sessions will include basic information on long-term care, the costs related to it, how to plan for long-term care needs, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover and how the Long-Term Care Partnership Program can help. The educational sessions are free and open to the public. Each session is scheduled for one hour.

  • WATERTOWN -- CHANGE IN DATE
    • Dec. 1 at noon and 2 p.m. CST
    • Watertown Regional Library, 160 6th Street NE
  • SIOUX FALLS
    • Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. CST
    • Ronning Branch Library, 3100 East 49th Street
  • PIERRE
    • Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. CST
    • Becker Hanson Board Room, 700 East Broadway
About the Long-Term Care Partnership Program: The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a public-private partnership that offers individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance. Once private insurance benefits are used, special Medicaid eligibility rules are applied if additional coverage is necessary. The Department will continue to offer community educational sessions, educating and informing citizens on the Long-Term Care Partnership Program and the need to plan ahead and prepare for long-term care. To find out when we will be in a community near you, log onto www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov or call 1-800-597-1603 to learn more.