PRESS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 13, 2007
CONTACT:Ryan Sullivan
512-463-0119

STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR CARLOS URESTI REGARDING CANCELLATION OF THE ACCENTURE CONTRACT

AUSTIN, TX -- "As the former chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, I held hearings in 2006 regarding the many problems associated with the Accenture contract. My committee heard hours of testimony about the human suffering caused by this troubled project, including accounts of system errors that led to seriously ill children losing health care coverage provided through the Children's Health Insurance Program.

"I am gratified by the recent decision to end the Accenture contract. I have opposed the policies and legislation that led to this contract since they appeared in House Bill 2292 during the 78th Session. I regret that so many Texans have suffered as we implemented policies and systems that seemed designed to prevent access to services rather than to facilitate it. I stand ready to work with my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle as we rebuild a system that helps Texans receive the help they need in order to survive.

"I hope this experience has provided a lesson for policymakers in our State: we should always proceed cautiously when we deal with our most fragile and vulnerable populations."

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