House Bill 879 enacted as Act 141, relating to the Hospital Sustainability Program, and House Bill 880 enacted as Act 142, relating to the Nursing Facility Sustainability Program, will leverage available federal funding for the state Department of Human Services (DHS) to make supplemental payments to hospitals and nursing facilities, offsetting a portion of their uncompensated care costs.

The State of Hawaii and the Hawaii Health Connector today received the next stage of approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to launch Hawaii’s new online health insurance marketplace on Oct. 1, 2013. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is implementing a state-of-the-art eligibility system, integrated with The Connector, which includes an online application. DHS will determine eligibility for Medicaid and federal subsidies to purchase health insurance through this new online marketplace.

In the wake of a severe nationwide shortage of Tubersol® and Aplisol®, the purified protein derivative solutions (PPD) used in tuberculosis skin test examinations, the state Department of Human Services (DHS) is implementing Emergency Rules Relating to Evidence of Health Standards, effective May 20, 2013, for child care facilities licensed or registered by the department.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division (MQD) is canceling and rescheduling the current Annual Plan Change (APC) period. The new APC period will be June 17 – 28, 2013. Health plan changes will take effect August 1, 2013.

Med-QUEST Extends Enrollment Deadline

Posted on May 2, 2013 in News

Due to unanticipated delays affecting the islands of Oahu and Maui, the Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division (MQD) has extended the deadline for annual plan enrollment by one week.

Baby Sandy Update

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in News

Now that HPD has determined that the female who reported finding a baby at Sandy Beach on Sunday night is the baby’s mother, the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Services (CWS) will proceed as follows:

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2013 Following an internal review and weeks of discussions with members of the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind community, the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will be soliciting proposals from qualified applicants to provide Interpreter Referral Service and Adjustment Services for Persons Who are ...
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Due to repeated non-compliance with State Licensing of Group Child Care Centers and Group Child Care Homes regulatory requirements (HAR §17-892.1), the Department of Human Services (DHS) Childcare Licensing Unit is suspending the operating license of Kids Play Corner Inc. dba Busy Buddies Hawaii in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island. Suspension is effective the close of business on Friday, February 8, 2013. The DHS also is pursuing revocation of the facility’s license to operate a group child care center for 76 children.

Services for the Deaf

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 in News

For Immediate Release:  February 8, 2013 Services for the Deaf The Department of Human Services (DHS) Director’s Office is reviewing an earlier decision made by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to terminate its Interpreter Referral Service and Adjustment Services for Persons Who are Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind programs. Interpreter Referral Services assists the deaf, ...
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For Immediate Release:  January 18, 2013  State Reduces General Assistance Benefits The Department of Human Services (DHS) is reducing General Assistance (GA) assistance benefits next month.  Effective February 1, 2013, GA payments will be reduced from $319 to $298 per month for an estimated 5,535 Hawai‘i beneficiaries. The General Assistance program provides cash benefits for ...
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