Dave Ranney

Senior Writer/Editor

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Dave Ranney, Senior Writer/Editor, is a journalist who has covered state government for the Harris News Service, the Wichita Eagle and, most recently, the Lawrence Journal-World. He has a special interest in social services. Ranney received the Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award in 2000. The award recognizes outstanding reporting by a Kansas newspaper. Ranney, who holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, worked with adults with developmental disabilities for eight years before becoming a reporter.

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Parents worry managed care oversight will affect KanCare services

Proposed change would allow for-profit companies to shape care plan

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has proposed allowing the managed care companies that have administered the state’s Medicaid program since February 2013 to have a say in deciding which services “best meet (a) participants needs.”

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Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes

State seeks federal approval for changes in waiver programs that help keep disabled out of institutions

The Medicaid services at issue are provided under agreements with the federal government known as waivers that allow states to use alternative methods to pay for or deliver health care services.

DCF to delay computer upgrade as part of budget cuts

KDADS postpones opening of new facility at Larned State Hospital

The delay is one result of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cut $3.9 million from the Department for Children and Families budget this fiscal year.

Wichita center feels effects of limited admissions at Osawatomie State Hospital

Delays increase demand for services at community mental health centers

The director of Wichita's community mental health center says several patients were denied admission over the weekend to Osawatomie State Hospital.

Federal officials approve KDADS plan at Osawatomie State Hospital

The decision means Medicare payments to the state's largest inpatient facility for adults with serious mental illness will remain intact after Monday.

KDADS postpones forum on 'statewide vision' for agency

Earlier this week, KDADS sent postcards and emails about the Dec. 12 event to several dozen consumers, consumers’ family members, advocates, analysts and policymakers.

Moser to lead heart disease, stroke collaborative at KU Hospital

Former KDHE secretary will coordinate effort among western Kansas hospitals, clinics

In his new role, Moser will administer a three-year, $12.5 million federal grant for improving heart disease and stroke care in western Kansas.

KDADS clarifies public comment deadline on waivers for Medicaid-funded services

Feedback accepted through Dec. 20 on changes to home- and community-based services

The comment period was extended to Dec. 20 to ensure compliance with a federal rule that requires a 30-day comment period.

KDADS suspends voluntary admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital

Move coincides with 'critical census challenges' at facility for mentally ill

The decision, according to a memo sent to the state’s 26 community mental health centers late Tuesday afternoon, was driven by “ongoing and critical census challenges” at the state hospital.

Foster care administrators leave DCF

Department says staff changes part of organizational re-evaluation

A spokesperson for the Kansas Department for Children and Families says Deputy Secretary Kathe Decker and Prevention and Protection Services Director Brian Dempsey have left the agency.

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