Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins

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Contact: Dan Hoblick, Department of Human Services, 605-773-6463


Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15


PIERRE, S.D. – Open enrollment for the 2018 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.


During the open enrollment period, trained volunteers from the South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education Program (SHIINE) will offer free assistance to seniors seeking additional Medicare information.


To schedule a meeting with a volunteer in your community visit or contact one of the following regional offices:


  • Eastern Region: 1-800-536-8197
  • Central Region: 1-877-331-4834
  • Western Region: 1-877-286-9072

Individuals taking advantage of the free one-on-one counseling should bring their Medicare card and a current list of medications.


SHIINE is a federal program designed to help individuals with questions about Medicare and protecting their benefits.


SHIINE is funded through the Administration for Community Living and administered by the South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Long Term Services and Supports.

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