Assistance is offered in South Dakota for a number of needs. The primary government organization is the Division of Economic Assistance, and they provide public aid, human services, cash assistance, and other support and services to the low income, children, and others.
Get help in buying the food you need from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. This was the program that was formally named food stamps. It assists low income families in South Dakota with buying groceries and the food they need in order to stay healthy. Public assistance provided from SNAP benefits will vary based on the applicant’s income, household size, and allowable expenses. Beneficiaries will need to use the South Dakota EBT Card when buying items.
South Dakota Children's Health Insurance Program is the state’s version of CHIP. It provides free or low cost health care to children and youth from low income and/or working poor families. This can include services such as dental and vision care, Well-Child Care exams, regular check-ups, and more.
Children who already have health insurance (and have limited coverage) or who are completely uninsured may be eligible for free health care from CHIP, and it is based on their income and eligibility guidelines.
Medicaid and CHIP can provide for some or all of the following medical needs. Dental services include cleanings, exams, X-rays, fillings, and more. For example, public care may pay for complete dentures, root canals, crowns, partial dentures, and anesthesia. Some minimal fees may be required from program participants.
Community clinics in South Dakota can pay for medical services and supplies furnished under the direction of a doctor or medical professional.
Prescriptions assistance is limited, but may be offered. This can cover a wide, extensive range of services. This includes, but is not limited to, help with prescription drugs, supplies, diabetes supplies, family planning, and related devices.
Information and referrals are offered by the Division of Economic Assistance. For example, learn about local Community Action Programs, food pantries, emergency services, and transportation.
Energy and Weatherization Assistance is offered as part of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP. This resource provides cash assistance and grants to low-income South Dakota households to help them pay for their home heating bills, especially when they are faced with a disconnection. The Weatherization Assistance Program is available to assist low-income people with paying for home insulation and other energy-saving improvements to help lower their heating bills.
Cash benefits and vouchers are provided by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This is a short term public cash assistance and work program administered by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation as well as the Department of Social Services.
TANF can temporary assistance, referrals, job training and economic self-sufficiency for children and families. The cash assistance for needy families can be used to pay for items such as food, rent, or health costs.
A number of other medical bill assistance programs are available in South Dakota. This is in addition to the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) program as well as Medicaid, which are referenced above. Government assistance can help pay for the necessary medical expenses that individuals need to stay healthy and get their needs met. Some of the costs that can be paid for include nursing home care, hospital stays, doctor visits, prescription medications, and other health care needs.
Some additional South Dakota programs may be able to pay for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Long-Term Care, Disabled Children, Family Support Services, Pregnant Women, Youth Formerly in Foster Care, and New Arrivals (Refugee Assistance).
Basically, the Division of Medical Services provides health care assistance to those who qualify for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or public assistance such as Medicaid. The state can arrange to pay for medical services such as chiropractor, visits to the doctor, hospital, dentist, and more. The state tries to ensure continuing access to care for families and recipients, and improve the quality of medical care recipients receive.
Call the Division of Economic Assistance at (605) 773-3165.
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