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Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2019

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


Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15


PIERRE, S.D. – Open enrollment for the 2020 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.


If you are in need of assistance, please contact one of the following regional offices to schedule an appointment:


  • 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, a current list of medications, and if available, their login information for Medicare.gov.


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.