By Grant Bosse | New Hampshire Watchdog
CONCORD — Five years after missing its original two-year deadline, a state contractor is seeking another extension for a software program to track New Hampshire’s Medicaid program.
Health and Human Service Commissioner Nick Toumpas is bringing a request to the Executive Council to extend the contract with Hewlett-Packard for another five months to give another company more time to finish the state’s new Medicaid Management Information System.
The governor and council originally approved the MMIS contract with Affiliated Computer Services in December 2005. That deal gave the company two years to design, develop and implement the software system, followed up a three-year operational phase beginning Jan. 1, 2008.
The State of New Hampshire then would have the option to renew the bid for an additional two years. But the project is so behind schedule that by the time it’s operational, the original contract would have expired.