In Hawaii and across the United States, Medicaid is a federally- and state-funded health program for people with lower incomes, elderly people, people with disabilities, and some families with children.
The state Department of Human Services (DHS) administers Med-QUEST, Hawaii’s Medicaid program, and recipients must be American citizens or legal permanent residents living in Hawaii who fall into certain qualifying categories.
Qualifying categories for Medicaid eligibility include:
- the elderly
- the mentally disabled
- the physically disabled
- severely disabled children
- low income children
- low income adults
- pregnant women
By 2014, most adults across the country who are under age 65 and have incomes under $15,000 will qualify for Medicaid. Med-QUEST offers a variety of assistance programs to eligible people of all ages. For help determining your eligibility for assistance under certain programs, you should consult the Quest Hawai’i frequently asked questions resource or contact the Med-QUEST office in your area.
Anyone looking into eligibility for Medicaid in Hawaii should visit the Hawaii Department of Human Services Med-QUEST Division website, which provides valuable links and information to help answer many questions concerning eligibility and services. If it appears you meet eligibility requirements for medical assistance, you should not delay applying for Hawaii Medicaid services.
Med-QUEST covers a wide range of medical services including:
- Laboratory and X-ray services
- Inpatient and outpatient hospital services
- Emergency room visits for actual emergencies
- Health screenings for children and treatment of detected medical problems
- Nursing facility services for adults
- Health clinic services
- Outpatient visits for alcohol and substance abuse
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapy for children
- Eye doctor visits and eyeglasses for children
- Medically-necessary transportation services
- Certain prescription drug and dental services
Some people are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. In such cases, Medicare is the primary payer.
If you are a Medicare dual eligible individual, looking into Medicare Advantage plans may be a wise move and a good investment. Call MedicareMall toll-free at 1-877-413-1556 for help determining whether Medicare Advantage is right for you.
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