Long-Term Care Partnership Program sessions available to public

Long-Term Care Partnership Program sessions available to public
Most people do not like to think about the fact that they may one day need nursing home, assisted living or other long-term care services. Most people are also surprised at the costs of long-term care and do not think of having to use their entire life savings to pay for those needs and services. The reality is that about two-thirds of all Americans will likely need some type of supportive services after age 65.

Some common questions people ask are: Doesn't the government pay for people

to take care of me at home or in the nursing home? Isn't that what health insurance or disability insurance is for? How can I plan ahead to take care of my own long-term care needs? Now you can get answers to these questions and others through education sessions offered by the State of South Dakota on the recently implemented Long-Term Care Partnership Program.


The Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a public-private partnership offering individuals quality, affordable long-term care insurance. Once private insurance benefits are used, special Medicaid eligibility rules are

applied if additional coverage is necessary.

Back in September, the State of South Dakota began visiting different communities to educate and inform citizens about long-term care, the costs related to it, what Medicare and Medicaid will cover and how the Long-Term Care Partnership Program can help. Sessions have already been held in multiple communities throughout South Dakota such as: Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Madison, Brookings, Watertown, Milbank, Mitchell, Pierre, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Rapid City, Deadwood and Sturgis, as well as other smaller communities throughout both eastern and western South Dakota.

Below are the times and dates for the education sessions that will be held in March 2008. These education sessions are free and open to the public:

Vermillion: Monday, March 10. Location: Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church St. Sessions will be held at 9 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Each session is 1 hour.

Tyndall: Tuesday, March 11. Location: Good Samaritan Center, 2304 Laurel St. Sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and noon. Each session is 1 hour.

Yankton: Tuesday, March 11. Location: Minerva's Convention Center, 1607 East Hwy. 50. Sessions will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each session is 1 hour.

Parkston: Wednesday, March 12. Location: Parkston Public Library, 110 West Main St. Sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and noon. Each session is 1 hour.

Parker: Wednesday, March 12. Location: Parker Senior Center, Inc., 100 E. Sanborn St. Sessions will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m . Each session is 1 hour.

Sioux Falls: Thursday, March 13. Location: YWCA, downtown location, 300 W. 11th St. Sessions will be held at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Each session is 1 hour.

Canton: Friday, March 14. Location: Canton Public Library, 225 North Broadway St. Sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and noon. Each session is 1 hour.

Brandon: Friday, March 14. Location: Pizza Ranch, Wood Shed Room, 202 South Splitrock Blvd. Free pizza will also be available for the guests that are in attendance! Sessions will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each session is 1 hour. Session will be held at noon. (MT) Session is 1 hour.

If you are unable to attend an education session, free educational conference calls are also available: Friday, March 28, at 9 a.m. and noon; Friday, April 11, at 9 a.m. and noon; Friday, May 16, at 9 a.m. and noon.

For the most recent information available on the Long-Term Care Partnership

Program in South Dakota, please visit: www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov. This site also contains the history of the Partnership Program, a message from Governor Rounds, frequently asked questions, suggestions on how to plan for long-term care, the costs of long-term care, how to purchase a Partnership policy and much more.

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