- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has ordered the state Human Services Department to pause the development of a new Medicaid enrollment and eligibility verification system after its estimated costs have more than doubled.

Hutchinson told legislative leaders in a letter released Wednesday that he directed DHS to pause developing additional features in the Enrollment and Eligibility Framework following recommendations from a consultant he asked to look at the system.

The computerized system’s development began in 2013 and was originally budgeted at $108 million, but Hutchinson said the cost estimate has ballooned to be $220 million before its 2017 completion.

Hutchinson also said DHS will put the remainder of the EEF contract out to bid and said he’ll set up a policy committee to oversee the eligibility and benefits management system.

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