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State cancels proposed low-income benefits cuts

June 3, 2012
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii has canceled proposed cuts to outpatient Medicaid services.

The state Department of Human Services said Thursday that it will restore Medicaid coverage for outpatient rehabilitation, prosthetics and optometry services to nondisabled adults under 65.

DHS Director Pat McManaman said restoring critical services is key to addressing the health care needs of beneficiaries of QUEST, Hawaii's health plan for the poor.

Administrators proposed eliminating those services as part of its plan to save $75 million.

Hawaii will continue with its plan to tighten QUEST income eligibility levels in July. The changes include restricting eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That income level would mean that an estimated 3,000 adults would lose coverage.



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