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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is receiving a $58.6 million credit from a contractor responsible for the state’s troubled benefits system.

The state on Tuesday said Deloitte has agreed to the credit after disclosing that thousands of unprocessed applications were discovered in the system. It says Deloitte is working to determine how many applications were involved and how long they’ve been there.

The RI Bridges software system, also known as the Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP (YOO’-hip), handles applications for food stamps, Medicaid benefits and other services. It has been beset by problems since launching in 2016.

The state says the credit will cover this year’s operations, as well as pay for any federal fines for problems with the system.

Deloitte also agreed to a $27 million credit earlier this year.