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March 2, 2012

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 2012 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.

  • March 7, Huron: Cross Roads Inn, Symposium Room, 100 4th Street SW, at 12:00 p.m. CST
  • March 7, Pierre: Rawlins Municipal Library, 1000 East Church, at 5:30 p.m. CST
  • March 8, Gregory: Gregory Public Library, 112 E 5th St,
    at 1:30 p.m. CST
  • March 13, Mitchell: Mitchell Public Library, 221 North Duff Street, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • March 14, Watertown: Watertown Public Library, 160 6th Street NE, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • March 15, Madison: DSU Trojan Center (Student Union), Regent’s Room, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • March 20, Brookings: SDSU Staff and Faculty Benefits Fair, Student Union
    • Available from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • March 21, Hot Springs: Hot Springs Public Library, 2005 Library Drive, at 3:00 p.m. MDT
  • March 22, Spearfish: Hudson Hall - Room B, 222 West Hudson, at 10:30 a.m. MDT
  • March 22, Deadwood: Lawrence County Courthouse - 1st Floor Jury Room, 90 Sherman St., at 2:00 p.m. MDT
  • March 23, Pierre: Becker-Hansen Building Board Room,
    700 E. Broadway, at 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • March 29, Vermillion: Muenster University Center, USD Campus, at 12:00 & 2:00 p.m. CDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • April 4, Brookings: Brookings Public Library, Cooper Room, 515 3rd St, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • April 10, Yankton: Yankton Public Library, 515 Walnut St,
    at 1:30 p.m. CDT
  • April 12, Sioux Falls: Caille Branch Public Library, 4100 Carnegie Cr., at 3:00 & 5:30 p.m. CDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • April 17, Mobridge: Mobridge High School, Library, 1107 1st Ave E, at 4:00 p.m. CDT
  • April 18, Aberdeen: NSU – Graham Hall (just N. of the Student Union), James River Room, at 2:00 & 4:00 p.m. CDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • April 19, Milbank: Grant County Library, 207 Park Ave E., at 1:30 p.m. CDT
  • April 23, Vermillion: Vermillion Public Library – South Dakota Room, 18 Church St., at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • April 24, Rapid City: Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy Street, at 4:00 & 5:30 p.m. MDT
    • Available for questions between sessions
  • April 25, Spearfish: BHSU Staff and Faculty Fair, Student Union from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Presentation at 11:00 a.m. MDT
  • April 26, Rapid City: SDSMT Staff and Faculty Fair, Surbeck Center from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MDT
  • April 30, Beresford: Beresford Public Library, 115 S. 3rd Street, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • May 2, Sioux Falls: Active Generations, 2300 W 46th St,
    at 10:30 a.m. CDT
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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