by Jay Kolls

The head of the Minnesota Information Technology Services Department (MNIT) says the launch of a computer software program for the Department of Human Services will be delayed until at least July.

MNIT Commissioner Johanna Clyborne told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS her agency did the right thing by halting the software launch until all its problems are fixed.

“We would be doing the citizens of Minnesota a disservice if I allowed a project to roll out that is not at the function level it needs to be at,” Clyborne said.

The program is called Periodic Data Matching. It is intended to prevent people who do not qualify from being enrolled in taxpayer-financed health care programs.

State Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, chairs the Human Services Committee. She said the PDM is projected to save taxpayers $138 million through the 2019 biennium budget.

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