South Dakota Medicaid

Medicaid is an important health program for people with lower incomes, elderly people, people with disabilities, and some families with children. Across the USA, Medicaid is funded by both the federal and state governments.

The state Department of Social Services (DSS) administers the South Dakota Medical Assistance Program (SDMA), South Dakota’s Medicaid program, and recipients must be American citizens or legal permanent residents living in South Dakota who fall into certain qualifying categories.

Qualifying categories for South Dakota Medical Assistance eligibility include:

  • the elderly
  • the physically disabled
  • the mentally disabled
  • severely disabled children
  • pregnant women
  • low income adults
  • low income children

By 2014, most adults across the country who are under age 65 and have incomes under $15,000 will qualify for Medicaid. Income limits for various SDMA programs vary, but general guidelines can be found at the DSS website. Simply select any of the Medical Assistance programs listed to learn more about income and other guidelines, and to access applications.

Dual Eligibility

One SDMA program is specifically for the purpose of addressing the needs of certain Medicare recipients in South Dakota.

If you are eligible for both Medicare and South Dakota Medical Assistance, looking into Medicare Advantage plans may be a wise move. Medicare Advantage can offer increased coverage and security to dual eligible individuals, and some Medicare Advantage plans are available premium-free.

Call MedicareMall toll-free at 1-877-413-1556 for help determining whether Medicare Advantage is right for you.

For more information about Medicaid in South Dakota, contact the South Dakota Department of Social Services at 1-605-773-3165. If you have any further questions about senior healthcare including Original Medicare Part A and Part B, Medicare supplement plans, or Medicare Advantage, contact a licensed, bonded MedicareMall representative and let us lead you with confidence through the Medicare maze!

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