Medical Assistance Program (MEDICAID) has been in effect since
January 1966. In August 1994, Hawaii's Medicaid Program separated
into two methods of providing services for the two major groups
of recipients. Generally, for individuals who are age 65 and over,
or certified blind or disabled, coverage is provided under Hawaii’s
Fee-For-Service Medicaid Program where providers are paid directly
for their services. For all other individuals, coverage is provided
under a managed care program called Hawaii QUEST.
QUEST, commonly known as QUEST is a program that provides
health coverage through health plans for eligible Hawaii residents.
It provides medical and mental health services. Dental Services
are provided under the Medicaid Fee-For-Service Program. QUEST
is administered by the Department of Human Services, Med-QUEST
Division and is financed through the State of Hawaii and the Federal
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.