Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. Real Choices Hawaii



This website for Hawaiians in need of disability services or long-term care includes 4 components: (1) “services,” which provides online access to program applications; (2) the Benefits Finder, which is an online screener; (3) “learn about,” a series of links to program information and resources; (4) “my choices,” a login area that allows users to retain their data for pre-filling other application forms later; and (5) “community,” a forum and discussion area.

The Benefits Finder, which was added to the Real Choices website in 2010, is powered by the National Council on Aging and uses AssistGuide, Inc. (AGIS Network) products. The effort is supported through two grants—one from CMS) and one from DOL’s Employment and Training Administration. While the site is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, it caters to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

In Louisiana, AGIS Network has launched a similar effort (, which includes online resource information and links to program applications that can be printed.

Key benefit programs

TANF, SNAP, Medicaid

Other benefit programs

None known

Key technological components

Online application that is printed and submitted on paper, online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

None known

Target population

Seniors, individuals with disabilities

Geographic reach


State/s (abbreviation)


Locality (cities or counties)


Selected sources of information

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