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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.
The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.
CMS officials last month directed officials in six states, including Kansas, to submit plans for correcting delays in determining eligibility in their respective Medicaid programs.
Tavis Smiley will speak during the Kansas Conference on Poverty, a two-and-a-half-day event that starts Wednesday in Topeka.
Nearly half of the babies born in Kansas are eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children.
The Wichita hospital is the only one in the state pursuing designation as a “Baby-Friendly Facility” through an international program that requires 10 policies to encourage breastfeeding.
Three years ago, breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state joined the Kansas Hospital Association and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in launching High 5 for Mom and Baby, an ongoing campaign aimed at helping hospitals adopt five principles that have been found to increase breastfeeding rates.
A KDHE spokesperson says the CMS concerns have more to do with the state and federal government computer systems not sharing information with each other.
A KU Hospital spokesperson says the billings are a sign of growth and should not be confused with profits.
The percentage of alcohol-caused adult deaths in Kansas was the 22nd highest in the nation. New Jersey’s was the lowest, at 7.8 percent.
The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.