Financial, Food, and Medical Assistance

Department of Human Services – Med-QUEST Division

Medicaid is the United States health program for certain people and families with low incomes and resources. It is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, and is managed by the states. People served by Medicaid are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, including low-income adults, their children, and people with certain disabilities. The Hawai’i Med-QUEST Program (QUEST) is a Medicaid managed care program where the State pays health plans to provide coverage of medical and mental health services. Dental Services are provided on a fee-for-service income Hawai’i residents since January 1966. The program provides coverage for individuals who are age 65 and over, or under age 65 who are blind or disabled. All other individuals are covered by QUEST.


Social Security Administration – Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal assistance program designed to provide income to aged, blind, or disabled people who have limited assets with which to support themselves. The SSI program is managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), but financed by the general tax fund. Because the program is not financed by Social Security taxes, there are no work requirements necessary to qualify for SSI.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Department of Human Services

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of October 1, 2008, SNAP is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. Each state administers a SNAP.