Legislative panel to hear allegations of DHHS computer cover-up

Posted April 02, 2012, at 5:17 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bipartisan legislative committee will take up a request for an investigation stemming from Democrats’ charge of a cover-up concerning state social services computers.

The Government Oversight Committee will meet on Tuesday to take up the request. Democrats last week accused the Republican administration of covering up information about malfunctioning Department of Health and Human Services computers that resulted in as many as 19,000 people erroneously receiving MaineCare services.

Democrats were angry because the alleged cover up occurred during deliberations that led to MaineCare cutbacks. Republicans say the administration was upfront with lawmakers about the computer problems as they were being discovered. The problems came to light publicly in early March.

 

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