RI receives 2nd federal warning about benefits program

DHS Department of Human Services Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Problems continue to arise from the launch of the state’s integrated benefits eligibility system.

In a letter obtained by Target 12 dated November 8, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service wrote that “continued corrective action is urgently needed.”

The agency continued to warn that the DHS could soon lose federal funding for administrative costs because of the system’s “failure to meet FNS statutory and regulatory requirements.”

This isn’t the first strongly-worded warning the  DHS has received. Just before UHIP went live, the state was warned by the federal government that the system was not ready.