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KOLEA Maintenance is a Success

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division (MQD) has restored access to its eligibility system. The scheduled system enhancements of KOLEA included changes to both the client and worker portals, and users should experience improved automation of the eligibility process and easier access to health care coverage. Individuals may now resume applying online through ...
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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division (MQD) eligibility system, KOLEA, will be down for maintenance from 5:00 pm Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 through 12:00 pm Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The scheduled system enhancements include changes to both the client and worker portals. They will improve program integrity and help eligible individuals obtain and ...
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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division (MQD) is extending its enhanced reimbursement rate through June 30, 2015 for certain primary care services provided by eligible primary care physicians (PCP).  The initial two year provision ended December 31, 2014. The MQD will use the same reimbursement methodology that has been in place for the ...
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22nd Annual White Cane Walk

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Vocational Rehabilitation Division (DVR) is holding its 22nd Annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The sighted public is encouraged to participate. Due to Tropical Storm Ana in October, the annual event was rescheduled.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Director, Patricia McManaman announced that Governor Abercrombie approved and signed temporary emergency rules that maintain the status quo for receipt of state-funded medical assistance benefits by noncitizens, including citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (COFA residents). The temporary emergency rules have been filed with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and shall remain in effect for up to 120 days. The rules can be reviewed in full on the DHS website at http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/admin-rules-2/.

Attorney General David M. Louie and Director of Human Services Patricia McManaman jointly announced today that a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court validates the state’s authority to determine the level of health care coverage provided to noncitizens who are ineligible for federal Medicaid. The high court’s decision also confirms that the state did not discriminate when it exercised that authority in 2010.

22nd Annual White Cane Walk

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Vocational Rehabilitation Division (DVR) is holding its 22nd Annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk to demonstrate the importance of the white cane to blind and visually impaired communities. The white cane empowers blind and visually impaired individuals with independence, freedom and confidence.

The State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) has been awarded a federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) bonus of $915,580 for the most improved Program Access Index (PAI) for fiscal year 2013. This is the second consecutive year, and third time overall, that Hawaii has been recognized for its program improvements.

Throughout the month of October, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be accepting applications for its second 2014-2015 Preschool Open Doors (POD) program. Applications received between Oct.1 and Oct. 31, 2014 will be considered for POD participation from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015.

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