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Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that South Dakota is one of six states that has been selected to participate in the Own Your Future campaign, an aggressive education and outreach effort designed to help residents take an active role in planning ahead for their future long-term care needs.

"This is great news for South Dakotans who want to ensure they receive quality, reliable care in their golden years. The Own Your Future campaign will provide all South Dakota residents between the age of 45-65 with free, helpful tools to begin the important work of planning for their future and selecting the right kind of health care options for their individual needs," Thune said. "Taking personal control over our futures is key to ensuring a more productive, satisfying way of life in our retirement years."

Governors of the six participating states will send letters to all households containing residents who are between the ages of 45-65, promoting awareness of aging needs and encouraging them to order a free Long-Term Care Planning Kit. This kit features information about Medicare and Medicaid benefit packages, outlines ways to plan ahead and legal issues to consider, and provides guidance on how to assess private financing options. The letters from the governors are expected to reach a total of approximately 5.8 million households during the coming year.