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Hawaii Instructions

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This page contains important information and general guidelines about what you need to do if/when you receive money from a legal settlement. All of the benefits listed on this page are needs-based benefits. Therefore, receiving a settlement could jeopardize these benefits.

We recommend that you contact each organization from which you receive any benefit and follow the guidance offered.

If you have additional questions, we recommend you speak with an attorney in Hawaii who is familiar with the unique requirements in Hawaii. To find an attorney in your area, please visit the Academy of Special Needs Planners search page by clicking here.

For a general summary of how to appropriately limit or eliminate the effect a settlement may have on your Medicaid eligibility, please read this article. We recommend printing this article for future reference. However, note that this article is not specific to Hawaii.

You must report receipt of settlement funds to Medicaid. Because Hawaii may have different reporting requirements than those listed in the article, it is critical that you contact the Hawaii Medicaid office.

You can find the contact information for the Hawaii Medicaid office by clicking here. Make sure you ask specifically about the reporting and spend down requirements. (For information about what a “spend down” is, please read the article).

For a general summary of how to appropriately limit or eliminate the effect a settlement may have on your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility, please read this article. (Note: this is the same article that was referenced in the Medicaid section on this page.) We recommend printing this article for future reference. However, note that this article is not specific to Hawaii.

You must report receiving money from a settlement to the Social Security Administration no later than 10 days after the end of the month in which you receive the settlement funds. If you’d like additional information about SSI reporting responsibilities, click here.

Contact the Social Security Administration to verify your reporting and spend down requirements. (For information about what a “spend down” is, please read the article).

To discuss your situation with the Social Security Administration, visit your local Social Security office, or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is federally funded, but is administered locally by Public Housing Agencies.

Please call your local Public Housing Agency to determine what your reporting requirements are and to determine how receiving money from a settlement might impact your housing benefit.

To find the contact information for your local Public Housing Authority, click here.

For general information regarding income and resource (asset) limits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), click here.

Many SNAP programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria. Thus, we recommend you contact your local program to determine what your reporting requirements are and to determine how receiving money from a settlement might impact your SNAP benefits.

The SNAP hotline phone number for Hawaii is 1-855-643-1643.

Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension have different income and resource (asset) limits than most of the other needs-based benefits.

In addition, the way that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) treats money from a settlement is unique and complicated.

The amount you receive from a settlement is considered countable income. The VA will divide the sum you receive by 12 and add it to your countable monthly income for the year it was received.

As a result, based on the amount of money you receive from the settlement, you may become ineligible for VA pension benefits during the next 12 months or you may receive a reduced monthly payment.

The money you receive from the settlement will not be considered income after one year. However, the VA will look at your net worth and determine whether your assets are of a sufficiently large amount that you could live off of them for a reasonable period of time. To make this determination, the VA considers your monthly expenses and compares them to your available assets.

For information on income and net worth limitations for the Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension, click here.

To help you understand your options, you should call the VA Benefits hotline at 1-800-827-1000.

Because Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension is a complicated benefit, we recommend that you speak with a VA Accredited Attorney or the Hawaii Veterans Affairs Office.

If you are receiving Medicare Savings Program benefits, click here to see the Federal income and resource (asset) limits. In addition, on that page you can find a list of resources that are not counted towards your resource limit. It is important to note that Hawaii may have higher asset and/or resource limits.

Contact the Hawaii Medicaid office to verify your reporting requirements and for information on what resources are not countable. Explain your situation and, if possible, see what you can do to preserve your Medicare Savings Program benefit.

You can find the Hawaii Medicaid contact information by clicking here.

Each state has additional government benefit programs available to its residents. Please click here to visit the Benefits.gov list of benefits for Hawaii.

If you are receiving any of the benefits listed on the Hawaii page (other than unemployment insurance), you will need to use the contact information found on that page and contact the managing agency directly.

Explain that you may be receiving money from a settlement. Ask if there are any reporting or other requirements.

Most of the programs for Hawaii are based only on income. However, it is your responsibility to verify the requirements for each benefit you receive.

In addition, you may be receiving benefits unique to your state, county, or community that are not listed on the Hawaii Benefits.gov page. You are responsible for contacting those programs directly and determining each program’s requirements for those receiving money from a legal settlement.

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