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Applying for Medicaid

“Medicaid is a program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources. This program became law in 1965 and is jointly funded by the Federal and State governments (including the District of Columbia and the Territories) to assist States in providing medical long-term care assistance to people who meet certain eligibility criteria. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with limited income.”13

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals age 19 and over must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien.

Individuals under age 19 may have their citizenship waived.

You must be a resident of Hawai`i.

You must provide a Social Security number.

You must not be a resident of a public institution.

You must be age 65 or older if you are not certified blind by the State nor certified disabled per Social Security criteria.

If you are certified blind by the State there is no age requirement.

If you are certified disabled per Social Security criteria there is no age requirement.

You must be ineligible for Hawai`i QUEST.

Medicaid also has income and resource requirements that you must meet.  You apply for Medicaid through the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services (DHS) Med-QUEST Division.

13 This definition was taken from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services available at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/.

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