Med-QUEST is a program that provides health coverage through managed care plans for eligible lower income Hawaii residents.  Depending on your circumstances, you may not qualify but your child might.  Please check the specificiations below and see if you or a member of your family is eligible.

What are the Hawaii QUEST eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for Hawaii QUEST, you must:

  • Be a Hawaii resident;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or qualified alien;
  • Have a Social Security number;
  • Not be certified as blind or disabled
  • Not be age 65 or over:
  • Not be living in a public institution;
  • Have income not more than 100% of the current FPL except for pregnant women and children up to age 6, who may have income up to the amounts listed above;
  • Not be eligible for health insurance from your employer (except for AFDC and GA recipients).
    have assets not exceeding the Hawaii QUEST asset limits.

What are the Hawaii QUEST asset limits?

  • $2,000 for a household of one;
  • $3,000 for a household of two;
  • $250 for each additional person.

Asset limits do not apply to children under age 19 born after September 30, 1983 or to pregnant women for the duration of the pregnancy

How does Hawaii QUEST work?
If you are eligible for Hawaii QUEST, you will choose one medical plan and one dental plan to serve you and any family members who are in the program with you. All family members must enroll in the same medical and dental plan.

Some medical plans have a limit on the number of members they can accept. If the plan you want is already full, you will have to choose a different plan. If you do not make a choice, you will be assigned to a medical and dental plan.

Six medical plans are participating: AlohaCare. HMSA, Kaiser Permanente, Kapiolani HealthHawaii, Queen’s Hawaii and StraubCare Quantum. All six plans participate on Oahu, with at least two plans on each Neighbor Island.

Three dental plans, AlohaCare, DentiCare and HMSA, are available statewide, providing emergency dental care for individuals age 21 and older and full dental care for individuals under age 21.

Who may apply for Hawaii QUEST?
An enrollment cap is currently in place for Hawaii QUEST. No more than 125,000 people can be in the program at one time. Until the number of people enrolled in Hawaii QUEST falls below that number, no new recipients will be enrolled except:

  • People who receive TANF or GA financial assistance;
  • People whose income is less than the AFDC standard of assistance;
  • Pregnant women and children under age one with household income up to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL);
  • Children age one but under age six with household income up to 133% of the FPL;
  • Children under age 19 born after September 30,1983, with household income up to 100% of the FPL;
  • Foster children and children in subsidized adoptions up to age 21;
  • People who lose their employer-sponsored coverage or extended coverage in a group health plan because of loss of employment within 45 days of their date of application;

More information can be found on State of Hawaii's Department of Human Services website.

You can also visit the website for Quest Hawaii.

Be sure to inquire about Quest-Ace which is free health insurance for adults in need.

Contact info for Quest Hawaii:

Applications Unit 587-3521 587-3543
Ongoing Unit 587-3540 587-3543
Kapolei Unit 692-7364 692-7379
Big Island
Hilo (East Hawaii) 933-0339 933-0344
Kona (West Hawaii) 327-4970 327-4975
Maui 243-5780 243-5788
Kauai 241-3575 241-3583
Molokai 553-1758 553-3833
Lanai 565-7102 565-6460


For street addresses, click here.

Translation services are available.

All applicable forms are available in PDF format on the Quest Hawaii website.