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ACLU blasts RI for failures on benefits system

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the state is failing to comply with court-ordered terms of a settlement over the troubled rollout of a new computer system that has caused problems for thousands of people getting food stamps and other benefits.

The ACLU on Tuesday says the state is violating a court order from seven months ago, when it settled a lawsuit over the $364 million computer system, called the Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP.

It says it plans to go back to the court to ensure that families who need food stamps are getting them in a timely way.

Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins declined to comment on specific issues raised by the ACLU, but said the state has made progress.



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