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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Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

Promise of federal and state reform initiatives remains unrealized

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

New federal rules will disrupt care for disabled Kansans, state officials say

Changes aimed at improving caregiver wages, but could result in cuts to services

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett says with the changes, thousands of Kansans likely would need to move from home-based care to a nursing home setting.

W.Va. initiative aims to help traumatized children succeed in school

'Handle With Care' program resonates with Kansas child-protection panel members

Members of Kansas' three Citizen Review Panels recently learned about a program that encourages police to notify school officials when a student has been exposed to violence or had a parent arrested.

KDHE launches 'health home' framework for Medicaid enrollees with mental illness

The initiative had been slated for a Jan. 1, 2014, rollout but was pushed back to Aug. 1 after Ross and other health care officials said they needed more time to ensure the program’s readiness.

Hutchinson hospital CEO calls for Medicaid expansion

In newspaper column, he asks why state accepts federal funding for other projects

Rather than expand Medicaid eligibility, Gov. Sam Brownback says the state should focus its attention on reducing the years-long waiting lists for in-home services for people with physical and developmental disabilities.

Gossage would limit state’s role with ACA

If elected, Gossage says she will encourage insured and uninsured Kansans to meet with an independent agent before they explore their options in the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

KDHE responds to CMS enrollment concerns

Officials say agency's computer system will be fully compatible by Aug. 15

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.

TV, radio talk show host Smiley to speak at poverty conference

Tavis Smiley will speak during the Kansas Conference on Poverty, a two-and-a-half-day event that starts Wednesday in Topeka.

WIC program stresses benefits of breastfeeding

Nearly half of the babies born in Kansas are eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children.

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