Judge dismisses lawsuit against State's new medicaid program

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Hawaii Coalition for Health that attempted to stop implementation of the State's new Quest Expanded Access Medicaid program for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

"We are gratified with the Federal Court's order," said Human Services Director Lillian Koller.  "When QExA launches on February 1, 2009, about 37,000 elderly Medicaid clients and people with disabilities will receive high-quality, comprehensive and coordinated medical services that will improve their health outcomes."

This is the second time that a Federal Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging contracts the State Department of Human Services awarded to the two health plans that will serve QExA clients.

The first time occurred in June when Judge Susan Oki Mollway dismissed a lawsuit filed by AlohaCare.