This Week’s Medicare Quick Bite is Dual Special Needs Plan!

Happy New Year! We are back with “Medicare Quick Bites,” your weekly treat of Medicare information. Hawaii SHIP has created these bite-sized lessons to help you understand this complex federal health insurance, thus “Making Medicare Digestible!” Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get your weekly delivery of Medicare Quick Bites! This week’s treat is Dual Special Needs Plan or D-SNP.

D-SNPs enroll individuals who are entitled to both Medicare and  Medicaid. States cover some Medicare costs, depending on the state and the individual’s eligibility.

Medicaid Eligibility Categories

The Medicaid eligibility categories encompass all categories of Medicaid eligibility including:

  • Full Medicaid (only);
  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary without other Medicaid (QMB Only);
  • QMB Plus;
  • Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary without other Medicaid (SLMB Only);
  • SLMB Plus;
  • Qualifying Individual (QI); and
  • Qualified Disabled and Working Individual (QDWI)

Hawaii has D-SNPs that are offered by Medicare Advantage plans. Visit our website’s RESOURCES page for contact information and website addresses: Medicare – Hawaii State Health Insurance Assistance Program (



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