Hawaii cancels proposed low-income benefits cuts

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

The state Department of Human Services said Thursday it will restore Medicaid coverage for outpatient rehabilitation, prosthetics and optometry services to non-disabled adults younger than 65.

DHS Director Pat McManaman says restoring critical services is key to addressing 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% of the federal poverty level. That income level would mean an estimated 3,000 adults would lose coverage.

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