COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state took another step Wednesday toward replacing an outdated computer system that's known for rejecting eligible people from the Medicaid program and accepting others who don't meet the criteria.

State officials announced that Ohio will contract with Deloitte Consulting to redesign the process for determining eligibility for Medicaid and other programs across the state's health and human services agencies. The firm also is expected to make the system more user-friendly.

Deloitte will get $19 million over three years under the contract. The federal government is expected to pick up most of that cost, with the state paying less than $2 million.

Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, provides health coverage for one of every five residents in the state. Most Ohioans apply for Medicaid and other government assistance through county offices. Ohio's new system will give recipients online and mobile access to Medicaid, food and cash assistance programs, and other services.

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