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AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over. They deliver value to their members through information, advocacy and service with dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as they age.

American Health Care Association (AHCA)
AHCA is a federation of 50 state health organizations. They represent nearly 12,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, long term care, and sub-acute care providers who care for more than one million elderly and disabled individuals nationally.

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
This national association represents nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. AHIP member companies offer medical expense insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance, supplemental insurance, stop-loss insurance and reinsurance to consumers, employers, and public purchasers.

Assisted Living Association of South Dakota (ALASD)
The Assisted Living Association of South Dakota advocates for consumer choice, public awareness and standards of excellence. They are a leader in promoting the common interest of those engaged with assisted living, other senior service and the individuals they serve.

Active Generations
This organization's mission is to promote positive aging for older adults and to enhance the quality of life for all generations through programs services and education. They are located in Sioux Falls, SD, and are recognized as a resource for services to better the quality of life and well-being for older adults in the Sioux Empire.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) protect and improve beneficiary health and satisfaction, foster appropriate and predictable payments and high quality care, promote understanding of CMS programs among beneficiaries, the health care community, and the public and strive to improve health for the well being of its beneficiaries.

Family Caregiving 101
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) joined together to create familycaregiving101.org as part of a national effort to provide resources to caregivers. The website is designed to provide caregivers with the basic tools, skills and information they need to protect their own physical and mental health while they provide high quality care for their loved one(s).

Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program
The Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program was designed specifically for members of the Federal Family. It is sponsored by the Federal Government and backed by two of the country's top insurance companies. The Federal Program is designed to help protect enrollees against the high costs of long term care. Personal access to registered nurse care coordinators, and home care provisions are just a few of the reasons why the Federal Program may be the smart choice for you.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
The NAIC is the organization of insurance regulators for the 50 states. The state regulators' primary responsibility is to protect the interests of insurance consumers.

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is a national nonprofit organization representing the interests of more than 62,000 insurance and financial advisors nationwide, through its federation of over 770 state and local associations. Founded in 1890, NAIFA is the nation's largest financial services membership association. They advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of our members.

National Care Planning Council

The Council and those providers affiliated with them are dedicated to helping the American public plan for long-term care.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care
Provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care needs. It provides a wide range of information and options to help you plan for future long-term care needs, but it can't tell you which ones will work best for you. Everyone's situation is different.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
An association of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting the well-being and continuing contributions of older persons through leadership, service, education and advocacy.

Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE)
SHIINE advocates for, informs, educates and assists consumers on Medicare and other related issues so they can make informed decisions and access resources to address their needs. The purpose 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. Information provided is free and confidential. SHIINE counselors can answer questions about benefits, help with complicated forms and provide referrals to the appropriate agencies.

South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO)
The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations is the statewide professional/trade association representing and serving health care organizations across the State. The Association is a not-for-profit organization representing a diverse range of membership, spanning various types of institutional ownership, geographic location, size, and complexities of service. Members include general acute care, veterans, Indian Health Services, and nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living centers, and hospice organizations.

South Dakota Department of Social Services
Supports individuals and families by fostering independence and personal responsibility; protecting people; providing opportunities for individuals to achieve their full potential; and promoting healthy families and safe communities by ensuring quality, cost-effective and comprehensive services are provided in cooperation with our partners.

South Dakota Division of Insurance
Provides South Dakota citizens with fair and consistent regulation of the insurance industry.

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South Dakota Health Care Association
The South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA) is the leading trade association representing long-term care organizations, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, and congregate living throughout South Dakota. Members include both not-for-profit and proprietary providers. The South Dakota Health Care Association was founded in 1951 as a professional organization bringing together concerned providers to improve the quality of long-term care.

South Dakota Assisted Living Association (SDALA)
The South Dakota Assisted Living Association is the leading trade association representing Assisted Living, Senior Living, and long-term care providers. Members include both not-for-profit and proprietary providers. Its Membership also encompasses multi-facility chains and independently owned facilities located throughout South Dakota.