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September 26, 2013

Free Educational Sessions on Long-Term Care This Fall

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.

Sessions will include basic information on long-term care, the related costs, 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 hour-long educational sessions are free and open to the public. The session schedule can be found at www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov/educationsessions.aspx.

“I encourage families to attend a session on the Long-Term Care Partnership Program to learn more about the available options,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. “A long-term care insurance plan certified by the Long-Term Care Partnership Program benefits people with long-term care needs, 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.

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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