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Kansans evaluating their flood insurance needs should be aware of upcoming rate increases for new and renewal policies, according to Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance.
The rate increases are part of provisions passed by Congress as part of the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.
Floods — or an excess of water (or mud) on normally dry land — are not covered by a typical homeowners or renters policy. Most homes may be eligible for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP offers flood insurance policies, through local insurance agents, for homeowners or renters in communities that participate in the federal program. (Read Flood Consumer Alert )
In five months, the world of health insurance in Kansas will change. On Oct. 1 the federal health exchange marketplace will begin enrolling Kansans (up to age 64) online for health insurance, either through private insurance companies or Medicaid public assistance. (Read Commissioner's Corner )
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has appointed Linda Sheppard, director of accident and health, to a new position as Special Counsel and Health Care Policy and Analysis Director for the Kansas Insurance Department (KID). Taking Sheppard’s place in the accident and health division is Julie Holmes, who previously was assistant director. (Read Sheppard-Holmes News Release )
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is seeking applicants for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to African-American students enrolled in Kansas universities, colleges or community colleges during the 2013 fall semester.
The African-American Monumental Life Settlement Scholarships are part of a nationwide legal settlement regarding premiums charged by Monumental Life Insurance Company to African-Americans. The Kansas Legislature passed a law designating that the state’s share of the settlement money go to a scholarship program for Kansas African-American college students.
The deadline for fall semester 2013 applications is May 1, 2013. A scholarship committee of community members and department personnel will review the applications and award the scholarships, which are renewable. (Read Scholarship news release )
In this issue:
- Commissioner, staff celebrate 10 years with Department
- New regulations for annuity sales
- Sourk named new consumer assistance division director
- Agents, Producers & the ACA
The year 2012 was an average year for storm-related insurance claim losses in Kansas. But whatever spring weather holds for 2013, Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansas insurance consumers to be prepared. “We had the second-lowest estimated storm loss damage in the last five years during 2012,” Commissioner Praeger said. “But that doesn’t make those Kansans feel better who suffered tornado and hail damage last year. What can help all of us cope with severe-weather insurance claims is storm season preparation for severe weather and then some smart action regarding your insurance after the storm.” (Read Storm Consumer Alert )
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Sandy Praeger - Commissioner of Insurance