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Answers and information about Medicare, prescription drug coverage and health insurance involves searching through hundreds of pages at government and private websites. To help seniors and caregivers get started in their search, our editors have compiled this digest of South Dakota Medicare help and information resources.
 
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Medicare Web Page:
(South Dakota) Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE)

languages: English
from the web page: "...Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) is a federally-funded program administered by the SD Department of Social Services' Adult Service and Aging Program and The Center for Active Generations, in partnership with the SD Division of Insurance and SDSU Cooperative Extension Service. It is free to the citizens of South Dakota.

The purpose of the SHIINE program is to educate Medicare beneficiaries and their families on Medicare and Medicare Advantage issues, as well as private health insurance policies like long-term care insurance and Medicare supplemental insurance. ..."

 
more from (South Dakota) Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE):
Medicare Web Page:
MEDICARE PART D ASSISTANCE BY COUNTY
languages: English
from the web page: Select a county to view the dates, times, programs, and presenters for that county.
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Medicare Web Page:
Do You Need Help Paying Prescription Drug Costs?

source: South Dakota Department of Social Services
languages: English
from the web page: "Medicare offers prescription drug coverage for all people with Medicare. If you have Medicare and a limited income, you may also qualify for extra help with paying your prescription drug costs..."

 
more from South Dakota Department of Social Services:
Medicare Web Page:
Fact Sheets with Additional Information
languages: English
from the web page: "The following fact sheets regarding Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage are provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services..." .
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Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Enrollee News

source:South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care
languages: English
from the web page: ...All states have a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) which is funded by the Medicare program. QIOs are responsible for reviewing the medical care provided to Medicare patients. In South Dakota, the QIO is the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care... "

 
more from South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care:
Medicare Publication:
Fact Sheets with Additional Information
2 pages; languages: English
from the web page: "This document tells how you can help Medicare improve care... one person at a time..."
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Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Prescription Drug Program

source: South Dakota Division of Insurance
languages: English
from the web page: "...Anyone with Medicare will be eligible to receive prescription drug coverage through Part D. If you currently have prescription drug coverage, you will need to review your current benefits and the new Part D benefits to determine which coverage best fits your current and future needs..."
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Medicare brochure or publication:
South Dakota Medicare Drug Plan Ratings

source:AARP
file size:5 pg.  languages: English
"...This AARP rating tool contains information about “stand-alone” Medicare plans in your state that cover only prescription drugs...."

 
more from AARP:
Medicare Web Page:
South Dakota: Medicare Rx Fact Sheet
languages: English
from the web page: "South Dakota already runs two programs that help people with limited incomes pay for drugs and a third program that helps pay for other Medicare-related costs like premiums. These programs are: Medicaid, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and Medicare Savings Programs..."

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Medicare Web Page:
South Dakota: Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) Premiums, 2007

source:Kaiser Family Foundation / statehealthfacts.org
languages: English
from the web page: "...Beneficiaries can join a prescription drug plan (PDP) for drug coverage only and get their other Medicare benefits through the fee-for-service program, as the majority of people with Medicare currently do. Alternatively they can join a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan..."
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Medicare Web Page:
The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D)

source:Medicare Rights Center
languages: English  
from the web page:...(Part D) covers most outpatient prescription drugs (the kind you get at the pharmacy or through mail-order). Unlike Medicare health benefits, though, Part D is only offered through private plans..."
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Medicaid brochure or publication:
Your Medicare Rights and Protections

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
44pp   languages: English
Fairly detailed explanations and descriptions about your Medicare rights and protections.
Medicaid brochure or publication:
A Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in South Dakota

source:healthinsuranceinfo.net
file size: 38pg.   languages: English
from GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE. from the publication: "...As a South Dakota resident, you have rights under federal and state law that will protect you when you seek to buy, keep, or switch your health insurance, even if you have a serious health condition. This guide describes your protections as a South Dakota resident...."
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Medicare brochure or publication:
State Pharmacy Listing - Aetna Medicare RxSM Plans - Iowa / Minnesota / Montana / North Dakota / Nebraska / South Dakota / Wyoming

Aetna Medicare
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Medicaid brochure or publication:
Your Medicare Rights and Protections

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
44pp   languages: English
Fairly detailed explanations and descriptions about your Medicare rights and protections.
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Medicaid brochure or publication:
Medicare & You 2007 (South Dakota specific version - other states are included also)

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
152pp   languages: English and Spanish
from www.medicare.gov: "Medicare & You 2007... contains important information about what’s new, health plans, prescription drug plans, and rights and protections to help people with Medicare review their coverage options and prepare to enroll in a new plan if they choose. These files are ... the printed version that people with Medicare will get in the mail this fall. Plan information contained in each book may change after printing."
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