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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.