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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 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.”
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.
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.
The director of Wichita's community mental health center says several patients were denied admission over the weekend to 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.
Earlier this week, KDADS sent postcards and emails about the Dec. 12 event to several dozen consumers, consumers’ family members, advocates, analysts and policymakers.
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.
The comment period was extended to Dec. 20 to ensure compliance with a federal rule that requires a 30-day comment period.
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.
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.