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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.
Gov. Sam Brownback signed into a law a measure that is expected to make insurance coverage for autism services available to about 750 Kansas children over the next two to three years.
A 16-member task force that spent much of the past year looking for ways to improve the state’s mental health system released its findings.
Robert Harder, the longest-serving Cabinet secretary in Kansas history, died Saturday. He was 84. Harder served five governors - three Republicans and two Democrats - while overseeing the state welfare department and later the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. In his later years he continued to advocate for the poor and disabled as a volunteer.
Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.
“I’m anticipating that there will be floor debate on Friday,” said Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Hutchinson Republican. “We’ll be running the bill.”
Advocates for families with autistic children say House Bill 2744 is flawed but "a step in the right direction."
Several senators today spoke in favor of a House-passed bill that has the goal of Kansas officials eventually being able to take over federally funded health care programs, including Medicare, within the state's borders.
A state association that represents frail elders and their caregivers recently released its annual compilation of low- and high-performing assisted living facilities.
The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee is scheduled next week to hear a House-passed bill would allow Kansas to join a multi-state compact for circumventing full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
House and Senate will try to work out differences on a bill that would incrementally raise the limit on pain and suffering awards in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.