Ted Nesi and Susan Campbell report on the costly future of the Unified Health Infrastructure Project (UHIP):
Two years after insisting Rhode Island’s new $445-million benefits system would pay for itself by next June, state officials now admit they have no idea if the problem-plagued computer system will ever save enough to cover its cost.
Folks still aren’t getting the bigger picture when it comes to costs. UHIP is designed to maximize the use of government services. Not only will it never cover its “costs,” but it will continue to increase public expenditures.
At some point in the future, some gubernatorial administration may announce that the system has stopped enough proverbial “waste, fraud, and abuse” to cover the expense of implementing the program, but we can be sure such a calculation will brush aside actual increases in spending on the programs.
Rather than simply update our operating systems for welfare programs, Rhode Island government officials chose to make the state an experiment in interweaving all programs for “one stop shopping.” We’re already paying the price, and it’s a bill that will continue to grow.