For the Record

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in News

A slight correction and update to your article. The Department of Human Services no longer has oversight of Adult Residential Care Homes & Foster Homes. Effective July 1, 2014, the Department of Health (DOH) Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) took over regulatory functions of community care foster family homes (CCFFH), case management agencies (CMAs) and Adult Day Care facilities from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult Protective and Community Services Branch (APCSB).

For The Record

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in News

The article suggests that DHS did not translate the COFA notices re: health coverage and transition to Health Connector. In fact, the DHS Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Program translated several documents into various languages

Senator Josh Green MD, host of Health Care in Hawaii, speaks with Rachael Wong (Director, Hawaii Department of Human Services) about her extensive experience in healthcare and the role and services of the Department of Human Services.  This program aired on Jan. 27, 2015.

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2015 The Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division (MQD) is reminding Hawaii residents about the Feb. 15, 2015 deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan. The MQD processes applications to determine individual eligibility for MQD programs. The MQD accepts and processes applications throughout the year. If an applicant ...
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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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This program aired Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, 2014 on KGMB and KNHL in Honolulu.

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

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