- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers plan to seek answers in the recent rollout of the state’s new $364-million benefits system after documents revealed that federal regulators warned state officials it wasn’t ready.

House Finance and House Oversight Committee members will hold a joint hearing Oct. 20 on the Sept. 13 launch of the Unified Health Infrastructure Project.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo (ray-MAHN’-doh) said Wednesday she wasn’t informed of the warning letters from the federal Food and Nutrition Service. One dated Sept. 6 said the agency was concerned with system defects and a “lack of detail” in contingency plans, among other complaints.

A spokeswoman with the Executive Office of Health of Human Services tells WPRI-TV they “welcome the opportunity” to talk with legislators about the system’s launch.


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