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State reaches milestone in benefits system turnaround

January 4, 2019

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has met a court-mandated benchmark for the state’s benefits system following the system’s disastrous rollout in 2016.

WPRI-TV reports the state processed 96 percent of food stamp applications under the Unified Health Infrastructure Project. UHIP (YOU’-hip) was meant to streamline state benefits programs, but experienced major failures following its launch in September 2016.

The problems eventually lead to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the state over delayed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. The suit was settled with the agreement that the state must process 96 percent of SNAP applications within federally mandated timeframes.

The state Department of Human Services reached the benchmark for the first time this past October.

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

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