ACLU Statement on Court’s Special Master appointment to oversee UHIP

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Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island, today issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge William Smith’s  appointment of retired attorney Deming Sherman as a special master to oversee the resolution of the State’s ongoing problems with UHIP:

“Given the State’s complete failure to resolve ongoing problems with the UHIP computer system, we are pleased that the Court has appointed a special master to compel the State into compliance.  The State’s repeated and ongoing inability to timely provide needed assistance to hungry families is appalling.  Today the court formally recognized this through the appointment of a special master.

“For too long, the State has pointed its finger at the UHIP vendor, Deloitte, but that does not put food on the table of Rhode Island’s poor. We are hopeful that the special master will take action in the near future to provide interim relief to hundreds of needy families while the broader problems of the UHIP fiasco are investigated and resolved.”

For previous reporting, see:

Judge William Smith expected to appoint special master to oversee UHIP disaster on Thursday

For more information about this ongoing issue, including facts about the ACLU of RI’s UHIP lawsuit, Gemmell v. Affigne, see here.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to upholding and protecting the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Founded in the 1920s by a small group of devoted civil libertarians, today the ACLU is comprised of more than 500,000 members and more than fifty affiliates and chapters nationwide.