Free educational session on long-term care options set

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.

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.

To view the schedule of educational sessions, visit http://ltcpartnership.sd.gov/educationsessions.aspx.

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