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March 4, 2013

Free Educational Sessions on
Long-Term Care Options Scheduled

PIERRE, S.D. –The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting numerous educational sessions across the state this spring 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 South Dakotans to attend an educational session on the Long-Term Care Partnership Program to learn more about the options available for themselves and their family members. A long-term care insurance plan certified by the Long-Term Care Partnership Program benefits people needing long term care, 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 educational sessions on the program in 2007 to raise awareness about long-term care insurance and the benefits for South Dakotans.

The spring 2013 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 open to the public. Each session is scheduled for one hour.

March 5, Sioux Falls: IPC Community Ed, 201 E. 38th St., at 7:00 p.m.

  • Session is open to the public, but registration is required. Please contact (605) 367-7999

March 7, Madison: Madison Public Library, 209 E. Center, at 2:00 p.m.

March 11, Rapid City: Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m.

  • Available for questions between sessions

March 12, Spearfish: BHSU Faculty and Staff Benefits Fair, Student Union

  • Available from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

March 13, Rapid City: SDSMT Faculty and Staff Benefits Fair, Surbeck Center

  • Available from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

March 18, Harrisburg: Legion Hall; 203 Prairie St., at 3:30 p.m.

March 19, Brookings: SDSU Staff and Faculty Benefits Fair, Student Union

  • Available from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

March 28, Sioux Falls: Caille Branch Public Library, 4100 Carnegie Cr., 4:00 & 5:30 p.m.

  • Available for questions between sessions

April 3, Sioux Falls: Active Generations, 2300 W 46th St, at 10:00 a.m.

  • Session is open to the public, but registration is requested. Please contact Active Generations (605) 336-6722

April 5, Vermillion: USD Muenster University Center – Room 216A, Cherry St. at Rose, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 PM

  • Available for questions between sessions

April 5, Vermillion: City Building Community Room, 25 Center St., at 2:30 p.m.

April 8, Winner: Tripp County Courthouse – Extension Meeting Room, 200 E 3rd St., at 2:00 p.m.

April 9, Pierre: Becker Hanson Building, Commission Room, 700 E. Broadway Ave., 3:00 p.m.

April 9, Pierre: Rawlins Municipal Library, 1000 East Church, at 5:30 p.m.

April 10, Huron: Crossroads Inn, Symposium Room, 100 4th Street SW, at 1:00 p.m.

April 11, Yankton: Yankton Public Library, 515 Walnut St, at 1:30 p.m.

April 16, Chamberlain: Public Library, 110 E. Lawler, at 10:30 a.m.

April 16, Mitchell: Mitchell Public Library, 221 North Duff Street, at 3:00 p.m.

April 17, Brandon: Brandon Branch Library, 305 Splitrock Blvd., at 3:00 p.m.

April 22, Aberdeen: NSU – Student Union, Maroon Room, 1200 S. Jay St. 2:00 & 3:30 p.m.

  • Available for questions between sessions

April 23, Mobridge: A.H. Brown Public Library, New Community Room, 521 N. Main, 4:00 p.m.

April 24, Milbank: Grant County Library, 207 Park Ave E., 10:30 a.m.

April 24, Watertown: Watertown Public Library, 160 6th Street NE, at 2:00 p.m.

April 26, Brookings: Brookings Public Library, Cooper Room, 515 3rd St, at 2:00 p.m.

April 29, Box Elder: Community Building, 420 Villa Dr., at 4:00 p.m.

April 30, Hot Springs: Hot Springs Public Library, 2005 Library Drive, at 1:00 p.m.

May 1, Deadwood: Deadwood Public Library, 435 Williams St., at 10:30 a.m.

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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