Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in South Dakota. With more than 178,800 South Dakota beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in South Dakota. We want to help you better understand your options and make the decision-process as seamless as possible once you’re ready to enroll in Medicare or discover different coverage options.

South Dakota Medicare Enrollments


Original Medicare Plans (Part A and B)


Medicare Advantage & Other Health Plans


Stand-alone Medicare Part D (Drug Plans)


Total Medicare Beneficiaries in South Dakota

Who Qualifies for Medicare in South Dakota?

Medicare covers most South Dakota residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled South Dakota residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in South Dakota works the same way as it does in the rest of the country. If you qualify, Original Medicare Part A and Part B will help cover your health costs.

Once you have Medicare eligibility, you can begin choosing a new health plan through a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medigap plan, and/or a Medicare Part D drug plan.

Who Qualifies for Medicare

Local Medicare Health Plan Resources in South Dakota

  • Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) is a federally funded program through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and administered by the South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Long Term Services and Support (LTSS). SHIINE Regional Coordinators are located in three different regions of the state to assist Medicare beneficiaries, support local volunteer counselors, recruit new volunteers, and provide local SHIINE promotion.
    Contact: Call the Eastern South Dakota office toll-free at 1-800-536-8197, the Central South Dakota office at 1-877-331-4834, and the Western South Dakota office at 1-877-286-9072.

  • South Dakota’s Department of Social Services (DSS) offers an array of social service resources that includes providing information and enrollment for Medicaid, information on Medicare prescription drug coverage, and links to plan-finding portals and further avenues of support.
    Contact: Call 605-773-3495 or fill out an online contact form on the website.

  • Dakota at Home, operating under the oversight of the South Dakota Department of Human Services, is the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Dakota at Home provides free objective information, referral, and assistance to individuals regardless of age, disability, income, or resources. Dakota at Home also provides counseling and information about services and assistance available through Medicare.
    Contact: Call 1-833-663-9673

The licensed agents that are partnered with Timefor65 can help you compare the availability, benefits, and costs of Medicare plans in your specific region of South Dakota. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in South Dakota so that you receive personalized, affordable, and easy-to-use coverage options and solutions. Feel free to fill out the form or give us a call at (866) 327-0148 anytime to get your free quote and ask any questions that may be lingering.