Maine Democrats question delay in reporting DHHS computer malfunction

Posted March 10, 2012, at 12:21 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Democrats say the LePage administration should have come forward sooner with news that a computer malfunction had resulted in up to 19,000 people receiving MaineCare services they weren’t eligible for.

In Saturday’s Democratic radio address, Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston says the administration knew of the Department of Health and Human Services error in January, but didn’t tell legislators until this week.

Rotundo said officials weren’t forthcoming with the information even as legislators questioned the MaineCare numbers before the problems were made public.

She said Democrats want to move forward with improvements to the state’s health care system, but must have accurate information to do so.

DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew told lawmakers Friday that in retrospect, she should have made them aware of the problems earlier.

 

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