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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has delivered her annual state budget proposal to the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says her objective this year for the $9.4 billion tax and spending proposal is focused on voters.


Lynn Arditi

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a second class-action lawsuit against the state over problems related to its public benefits system, known as UHIP.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo discusses the outlook on the PawSox, problems with the UHIP system, debate about her administrations use of tax incentives and much more during the first installment of a two-part year-end interview.

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Last week we met Rhode Islanders waiting outside the state Department of Human Services because of problems with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. The shift to a new online system left thousands of people without the assistance they count on. One woman, Elizabeth Vanover, says doctors bills have been piling up since the state cut off her Medicaid.

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Lynn Arditi

The start of the month is an important time for Son Sam, a 62-year-old grandmother. That’s when she gets her food stamps. But this month, she didn’t get any.

So, on the first Monday in December, Sam and scores of other people lined up outside the state Department of Human Services in Providence.

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Ian Donnis

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss UHIP, the I-195 District, her DACA initiative, and much more.

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A report released Wednesday found more than 1,200 Rhode Island families were unable to receive food stamp benefits in a timely manner in March. The issues come as the state continues to work out a new digital benefits system.

The numbers come from the state Department of Human Services. The report is required as a part of settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island over the botched rollout of a system for administering human service benefits known as UHIP.

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Jennifer Wood, the top lawyer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, is leaving to become executive director of a nonprofit public interest law group, the Rhode Island Center for Justice.

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Deloitte Consulting, the firm involved with the bungled rollout of the state's new system for administering human service benefits, will provide Rhode Island with a $27 million credit, Governor Gina Raimondo announced Thursday.

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Officials in the state’s Department of Human Services are reporting some progress with its online public assistance system known as UHIP.

Last year, the troubled rollout of the system caused a total backlog of almost 14,000 applications for benefits like food stamps. This March, that total dropped to 10,579.

Third Personal Data Breach Hits UHIP Customers

Apr 14, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

State officials say they’ve encountered another personal data breach in the new online system for state benefits like Medicaid – a system called UHIP. Officials say a file containing embedded personal information was posted to the State's Transparency Portal and the General Assembly website. The information has since been removed. 

Thousands Waiting For Benefits As UHIP Backlog Persists

Mar 31, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

More than 13,600 Rhode Islanders are still waiting for a determination on their application for state benefits like food stamps. That’s thanks to continuing problems with Rhode Island’s problem-plagued benefits system, UHIP. 

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