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March 10, 2011

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.

“Planning for long-term care needs before you need them is helpful for you and your family,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. “I strongly encourage families to attend an educational session on the Long-Term Care Partnership Program to learn more about the options available for them. A long-term care insurance plan certified by the Long-Term Care Partnership Program benefits people needing long term care and their families, long term care providers and the state's Medicaid program."

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 2011 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.

  • Sioux Falls, March 15: Sioux Falls Caille Branch Library, 4100 Carnegie Circle, at 3 & 5:30 p.m. CDT
  • Sisseton, March 16: NESDCAP Conference Room, 104 Ash Street East, at 10:30 a.m. CDT
  • Watertown, March 16: Watertown Regional Library, 160 6th Street NE, at 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Brookings, March 17: SDSU Faculty and Staff Benefits Fair, Student Union
    • Available from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT
    • Presentation takes place at 10:30 a.m. CDT
  • Vermillion, March 22: Muenster University Center, USD Campus, at 11 a.m. CDT
  • Vermillion, March 22: Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church Street, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Huron, March 29: Cross Roads Inn, 100 4th Street SW, at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Miller, March 29: Hand County Courthouse, 1st floor conference room, 415 West 1st Ave, at 3:30 p.m. CDT
  • Pierre, March 30: Becker Hanson Board Room, 700 E Broadway, at 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Pierre, March 30: Rawlins Municipal Library, 1000 East Church, at 5:30 p.m. CDT
  • Chamberlain, March 31: Cozard Memorial Library, 110 East Lawler, at 10:30 a.m. CDT
  • Mitchell, April 1: Mitchell Public Library, 221 North Duff Street, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Madison, April 4: Madison Public Library, 209 East Center Street, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Winner, April 5: Tripp Co. Courthouse, 200 East 3rd Street, at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Spearfish, April 6: BHSU Faculty and Staff Benefits Fair, Student Union
    • Available from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. MDT
  • Rapid City, April 13: SDSMT Faculty and Staff Benefits Fair, Surbeck Center
    • Available from 9:00 a.m .- 3:00 p.m. MDT
  • Hot Springs, April 14: Hot Springs Public Library, 2005 Library Drive, at 1:00 p.m. MDT
  • Aberdeen, April 19: NSU Student Union, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Aberdeen, April 19: Alexander Mitchell Library, 519 S. Kline, at 5:30 p.m. CDT
  • Redfield, April 20: Redfield Carnegie Library, 5 East 5th Street, at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Brookings, April 26: Brookings Public Library, 515 E 3rd St, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Yankton, April 28: Yankton Public Library, 515 Walnut St, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Rapid City, May 2: Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy Street, at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. MDT
  • Spearfish, May 3: Hudson Hall, 222 West Hudson, at 1:00 p.m. MDT

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 learn more, please visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

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