- Associated Press - Friday, May 18, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A major upgrade to the problem-plagued computer system for Rhode Island benefits programs has been delayed.

WPRI-TV reports the upgrade to the Unified Health Infrastructure Project scheduled for Saturday had been pushed back to June.

A spokesperson for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services says the decision was made to “ensure a quality upgrade.”

The system has seen a series of setbacks since the state launched it in 2016, despite warnings from the federal government that it wasn’t ready.

Users reported long wait call times, missing benefits and long lines at local Health and Human Services offices.

Special Master Deming Sherman said Thursday he expects the system will be compliant with federal regulations by the end of June despite the delay.

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