At a hearing Friday, lawmakers expressed concern that the state’s Integrated Eligibility and Enrollment project has no price tag or formal end date.
The project would streamline information about Vermonters using the state’s public benefits programs and create a website to replace Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange. A 2018 report found the human services IT system to be “obsolete.” The Vermont Health Connect website was recently completed at vast expense with federal dollars, ultimately costing more than $200 million.
At a Joint Information Technology Oversight Committee meeting Friday, state officials told lawmakers that the project came in under budget for fiscal year 2019, but has no foreseeable end date or overall price tag.
The project’s budget for fiscal year 2019, including both federal and state money, was $17.8 million. The state spent $13.3 million.