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No word yet as UHIP deadline looms

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Officials are not yet saying whether Deloitte will continue to operate Rhode Island's troubled UHIP computer system when the vendor's contract expires at the end of this month. 

Brenna McCabe, a spokesperson for the Department of Administration, confirmed this week the state has not issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the maintenance and operation of the $647.7-million system beginning April 1.

"We don’t have anything to share yet," McCabe told Target 12 in an email. 

UHIP, short for the Unified Health Infrastructure Project, was supposed to streamline benefit programs, including food stamps and Medicaid, for Rhode Islanders. But after its September 2016 launch, massive technical issues delayed those benefits for tens of thousands of people.

In January, a spokesperson for the R.I. Department of Human Services said the state was contemplating a short-term extension to Deloitte's contract, but declined to comment further. 

Gov. Gina Raimondo told reporters last year that she expected March 2019 would be the end of Rhode Island's relationship with Deloitte. 

"I cannot imagine a scenario in which they could prove to us that they should continue our business," she said at the time. "They're welcome to apply, and we will have an open, transparent process, but it is inconceivable to me that they could clear that hurdle."

The governor halted payments to Deloitte in early 2017, and the company has credited tens of millions of dollars to the state since then. Rhode Island taxpayers had paid Deloitte about $200 million as of December 2016, when it last received a payment.

Susan Campbell (scampbell@wpri.com) is the Call 12 for Action and Target 12 consumer investigator for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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