PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Reports show thousands of Rhode Island residents were denied health care or benefits because an error in the computer system that handles applications incorrectly listed them as noncitizens.

WPRI-TV reports the code error in the Unified Health Infrastructure Project, the state’s system that handles applications for food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits, affected about 5,000 people.

A spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services says the company that built the program has fixed the error for about 90 percent of those affected.

The state rolled out the system in 2016 despite warnings from the federal government that it wasn’t ready.

The system has faced several problems since, leading the company that created it to credit the state $85 million in 2017.

Information from: WPRI-TV,

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