- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Lawmakers seeking assurances about the computerized system that determines eligibility for social service and Medicaid programs were told it’s unclear when the system will begin working.

A recent audit showed the Kansas Eligibility Enforcement System is more than two years behind schedule and set to exceed its original budget by at least $46 million.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1PsCrMT ) lawmakers focused on the social services budget met recently to evaluate an audit of the system.

Rep. Stephanie Clayton asked Glen Yancey, chief information officer at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, how long it will take for the KEES system to come online. Yancey said he didn’t know but he could provide an estimate in three months.

Yancey has cited changing federal requirements as a partial explanation for delays.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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