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March 11 , 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 in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.

“It is important to understand your options for long-term care 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 urge families to consider a long-term care insurance plan certified by the Long-Term Care Partnership Program, which can offer additional protection for you and your 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 spring 2010 educational session schedule includes stops in several communities from March through May. 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.

  • LENNOX: March 16
    Location: Senior Citizens’ Corner, 519 Main Street
    Time: 12:45 p.m. CST
  • MADISON: March 17
    Location: Madison Public Library, 209 East Center Street
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • SIOUX FALLS: March 31
    Location: Caille Branch, Siouxland Library, 4100 Carnegie Cr.
    Time: 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST
  • WINNER: April 6
    Location: Tripp County Courthouse, 200 East 3rd Street
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • PIERRE: April 7
    Location: Becker-Hansen Board Room, 700 E Broadway
    Time: 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST
  • HURON: April 8
    Location: Crossroads Inn, 100 4th Street SW
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • VERMILLION: April 12
    Location: Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church Street
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • YANKTON: April 14
    Location: Yankton Public Library, 515 Walnut Street
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • REDFIELD: April 20
    Location: Spink Co. Courthouse, Community Rm, 210 E 7th Ave
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • MOBRIDGE: April 21
    Location: Dacotah Bank, 320 North Main Street
    Time: Noon CST
  • ABERDEEN: April 21
    Location: Alexander Mitchell Public Library, 519 North Kline
    Time: 5:30 p.m. CST
  • SISSETON: April 22
    Location: NESDCAP Community Room, 104 Ash Street East
    Time: 10:30 a.m. CST
  • RAPID CITY: April 27
    Location: Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St.
    Time: 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. MST
  • HOT SPRINGS: April 28
    Location: Hot Springs Public Library, 2005 Library Drive
    Time: 2 p.m. MST
  • SPEARFISH: April 29
    Location: Hudson Hall, 222 W Hudson
    Time: 10 a.m. and Noon MST
  • MITCHELL: May 7
    Location: Mitchell Public Library, 221 N Duff St.
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • PIERRE: May 11
    Location: Becker-Hansen Board Room, 700 E Broadway
    Time: 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST
  • BROOKINGS: May 12
    Location: Brookings Public Library, Cooper Rm, 515 3rd St.
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • WATERTOWN: May 13
    Location: Watertown Regional Library, 160 6th St NE
    Time: 2 p.m. CST
  • RAPID CITY: May 18
    Location: Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St
    Time: 2:30 p.m. MST
  • STURGIS: May 19
    Location: Sturgis Community Center, Meade Rm, 1401 Lazelle St
    Time: Noon MST
  • DEADWOOD: May 19
    Location: Deadwood Public Library, 435 Williams Street
    Time: 4 p.m. MST
  • BELLE FOURCHE: May 20
    Location: Belle Fourche Area Community Center, 111 National St
    Time: Noon MST

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.