Gov. Neil Abercrombie commended the Hawaii Health Connector and the many state employees who have worked diligently to launch the online health insurance exchange today as mandated by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
A new Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system is an important component of the health insurance exchange, overseen by the Department of Human Services, which successfully launched the new system today. Individuals can now apply for Medicaid coverage via the new portal, www.mybenefits.hawaii.gov. The Med-QUEST Division can receive Medicaid applications and return eligibility determinations, in many cases, the very next day. Upgrades scheduled for later this year will allow for same-day determinations and electronic document submission.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
"This is a work in progress and the state is monitoring the situation at the Hawaii Health Connector. I believe, like other health exchanges across the nation, the Connector will roll out improvements to its system in phases and provide the public with key information.
"As for the DHS Med-QUEST staff, I am very proud of them for the monumental task they accomplished in just eight months. They worked tirelessly to build, test and launch the new online Medicaid eligibility system, and are ready for business."