DHS Director: We will meet federal demands over UHIP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The DHS Director assured Rhode Islanders on Thursday that the state will not lose federal funding after a warning by the feds about the UHIP computer 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.”

While specific numbers were not given, there is a total of $12.8 million budgeted for administrative funding.

“I am very confident that we will be able to provide the info that they need and will not get to the point where federal will be removed,” said Director Melba Depena Affigne.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service also stated it was concerned that the state was making over-payments to SNAP benefits. RI officials do not have a specific number on what that concern could cost.

Back in October, Target 12 learned that Rhode Island was warned by the federal government against the September 12 launch of the UHIP.