Senator Louis DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) has released a statement concerning the recent disclosure of a significant case backlog in the troubled UHIP system.

“While I am pleased the Governor has secured a $58.6 million credit from Deloitte Consulting, in addition to Deloitte agreeing to cover the cost of any federal fines and penalties, I am extremely frustrated and disappointed by the recent Deloitte disclosure of backlogged applications in the RI-Bridges system (UHIP – Unified Health Infrastructure Project). The official number of applications that have been backlogged is still unknown, but has been estimated to be in the thousands. This is yet another, in a series of issues, which have plagued the beleaguered system,” said Senator DiPalma.

“I have been actively following the development of RI-Bridges since it ‘went live’ in 2016 and regrettably, a multitude of challenges have manifested themselves with the computer system since going live. In my professional opinion, we shouldn’t expect major improvements to occur any time soon operationally or financially without significant changes. The system remains unstable, and it is unclear what the adverse impact to the state budget and our residents will be in the coming months. I plan to continue to remain vigilant until the RI-Bridges is successfully completed; meeting all of its specified requirements.”

“Over and above the fiscal impacts being realized, and of greater concern, is the impact to the lives of thousands of Rhode Islanders who depend on and are entitled by law to this critical assistance. This is unconscionable and unacceptable.”

“It is paramount that the Governor continues to hold Deloitte accountable and responsible. Rhode Islanders deserve better,” concluded Senator DiPalma.

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