- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are blaming the state’s troubled public benefits computer system for the erroneous online posting of thousands of residents’ personal information.

A spokesman for the state Health Department tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2ou6B7L ) the information was briefly posted to two state websites but was taken down when it was noticed earlier this month. The state estimates 5,600 people had their information exposed.

Officials say there is no evidence the information has been misused, but they are offering free credit monitoring to anyone affected. The state expects to be reimbursed by Deloitte, which built the Unified Health Infrastructure Project, known as UHIP.

The $364 million system has been plagued with problems since its rollout, leading to the resignations of two state officials and an apology from the governor.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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