- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The director of Arkansas’ Department of Human Services’ systems and technology is resigning after months of questions about implementation of a Medicaid enrollment and eligibility-verification system.

DHS Director John Selig told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1My51u9 ) that Dick Wyatt will resign effective Oct. 30.

Slow progress in completing the Medicaid system is blamed for a backlog of Medicaid applications that haven’t been processed and a delay in completing federally required reviews of the eligibility of Medicaid recipients. Lawmakers have questioned why the cost of the system has more than doubled, to $200 million, since work began in April 2013. Arkansas’ share of the project is about $25 million.

Selig praised Wyatt’s work that included installing systems dealing with juvenile justice and child welfare, but said it seems clear the Legislature wants new leadership.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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