2006 News Releases

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2006 News Releases

Dec 13

Kansas was one of four state insurance departments that received Accreditation Awards as part of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Program. (view photo, Commissioner Praeger and KID staff members receive honor from NAIC President Alessandro Iuppa)

Dec 13

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is the newly elected President-Elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Her peers elected her during the NAIC Winter National Meeting in San Antonio, TX, December 10. (view photo, Outgoing NAIC President Alessandro Iuppa congratulates Commissioner Praeger who has been elected NAIC 2007 President-Elect)

Dec 5

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger announced today that a recent report shows Kansas ranks 5th lowest in the nation for combined average auto insurance expenditures.

Sep 29

Commissioner Sandy Praeger has announced that Kansas Insurance Department employee, Randy Adair, Chief Fraud Investigator, has been selected as the 2nd Vice-President of the Kansas-Western Missouri chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Following this initial four year commitment, Adair will assume the role as president of the Chapter.

Sep 25

Commissioner Sandy Praeger has announced that Kansas Insurance Department employee, Stacy L. Rinehart, has been awarded the Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE) designation from the insurance Regulatory Examiners Society. An AIE designation represents individuals who have completed an extensive curriculum of insurance-related courses and study.

Jul 28

Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Sandy Praeger, has announced that nearly $9 million is being distributed to Firefighter Relief Associations from the Firefighters Relief Fund this year. This important fund is used to assist firefighters and their families when accidents or death occur in the line of duty, and is administered by the Kansas Insurance Department.
List of Firefighters Relief Association awards by county

Jun 23

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, in cooperation with the Johnson County Attorney and the Kansas Attorney General’s Office has convicted Kansas insurance agent Dallas E. Auch of Olathe, Kansas. Auch was charged with three counts of Forgery.

Jun 23

Darrin R. Noah, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty February 2, 2006 to five (5) counts of felony theft. Sentencing in Washington County District Court was held on May 9, 2006. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, with the cooperation of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and the Washington County Attorney filed a Motion for Dispositional Departure in the matter, seeking to have Noah sent to prison.

Jun 14

American Hallmark Insurance Company of Texas has been admitted to sell insurance in Kansas by Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger. This brings the total to 100 companies that have been admitted under Commissioner Praeger’s term of office.

Jun 13

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger was among a gathering of other state regulators this morning at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. for a news conference which outlined plans for the implementation of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact.

Jun 5

With the sounding of the final gavel on May 25, 2006, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger offered a summary of the outcome of several insurance-related bills.

Mar 28

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger joined insurance commissioners from several other states in New York City today to launch an ambitious national public education program on insurance issues under the banner of Insure U.

Mar 9

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has announced that Kansas is the recipient of back taxes and interest in the amount of $410,598 from one of the largest insurance groups in the United States, American International Group, Inc. (AIG). AIG underpaid its workers compensation premium tax for the years 1985 to 1996, and the funds collected by Kansas are restitution for that underpayment.

Mar 7

Kassandra M. Tidwell, of Topeka, Kansas has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges that arose from a criminal case filed in Shawnee County District Court in June of 2004. An investigation by Commissioner Sandy Praeger's Anti-Fraud Division led to the charges being filed against Tidwell.

Mar 7

Marci A. Peden of Goodland, Kansas has pleaded guilty to charges that arose out of a criminal case filed in Sherman County District Court in July 2005. An investigation by Commissioner Sandy Praeger's Anti-Fraud Division led to the charges being filed against Peden.

Feb 24

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger announces that three members of the Kansas Insurance Department -- Neil Woerman, Director of Information Technology, Larry Bruning, Chief Actuary and Ted Clark, Anti-Fraud Director -- have been appointed to various leadership positions within the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

Feb 3

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger applauds President Bush for taking on one of America's biggest domestic problems, health care.

Feb 1

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has announced that Kansas has taken a leadership role regarding suitability standards and has led the way in providing enhanced consumer protections, calling for an expansion of industry standards for the suitability of the sale of fixed and variable annuity products in Kansas to include persons of all ages, not only those 65 and older.

Jan 24

Small business owners across the state have received packets from Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, containing information on several important insurance issues of importance to them. Packets were mailed on Wednesday, January 18th.

Jan 19

We have serious problems with Medicare Part D. As you know, the Medicare Prescription Drug Program was signed into law by President Bush in 2003; it was the first major expansion of the Medicare program since its inception in the mid-60's. The Plan holds much promise and I salute the President for his leadership on this issue.

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