UHIP

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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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The latest twist in the never-ending 38  Studios soap opera is the joust over grand jury secrecy.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this spat is more about politics than legal precedent.

ACLU Settles With State Over Food Stamp Delays

Feb 24, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The ACLU of Rhode Island has reached a settlement with the state over the state’s failure to provide food stamps on time. The suit argued the rocky rollout of a new public benefits system caused thousands of households to be denied or face lengthy waits for their benefits.  

Serpa Requests UHIP Contractor Audit

Feb 22, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Warwick Representative Patricia Serpa has requested that the state’s Auditor General conduct an audit of all payments to contractors involved in the public benefits computer system known as UHIP. Rhode Island Auditor General Dennis Hoyle has accepted her request according to a statement from the Rhode Island General Assembly.

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Laying The Blame, Then Plotting A Course, For UHIP

Feb 15, 2017
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Problems with the state’s new online public assistance system, UHIP, are much more significant than anyone realized. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday blamed state vendor Deloitte for delivering what she called a defective IT system for administering human service benefits. Raimondo also apologized to Rhode Islanders for ongoing problems with the Unified Health Infrastructure Project system.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A report on the roll out of the state’s new public benefits program, UHIP, is damning. The message: the problems are worse than we thought.

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