State safety-net benefits extended, no backlog of processing at DHS

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The State Department of Human Services announced significant changes to cash and benefit assistance today.

First, collecting unemployment insurance payments will not count as income in calculation of eligibility for most state benefits. The duration of coverage will be extended for many programs. Eligibility for coverage for cash for temporary disability will be presumed for the time being, as long as applicants turn in income-qualification and doctor-certification proof.

DHS has seen a surge in applications for MedQuest – the state’s Medicaid health insurance program. The department has been processing them in just 24 hours.

Applications for SNAP and cash assistance doubled compared to a year ago and they’re still able to turn those around in under 2 days.

Visit humanservices.hawaii.gov for links about how to apply.

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