2011 News Releases

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2011 News Releases

December 20

Small business owners find relief from workers comp increase proposals

Some Kansas small business owners paying workers compensation insurance got a break recently when Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, refused a proposed rate increase and actually got the rate to drop slightly.

December 19

Commissioner revokes agent license, issues cease and desist order

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, has revoked a Kansas insurance agent’s license and issued a cease and desist order against John M. Grover III of Wichita.

December 15

Internet business told to cease misrepresentation of Kansas health exchange

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, has ordered an Internet business operating out of the state of Washington to cease misrepresenting itself as linked to any official Kansas health insurance exchange.

November 10

Monumental Life Settlement Scholarship recipients announced

Five Kansas college students are recipients of $1,000 each in spring semester 2012 financial aid from the Kansas Insurance Department’s Monumental Life Settlement African-American Scholarship program.

November 9

Insurance Department receives accreditation for watching companies' financial practices

The division of the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) responsible for monitoring the financial activity of insurance companies operating in the state recently received continued accreditation for its work.

September 28

Kansas storm, crop damage estimates climb over $1 billion mark

Storm and crop damage estimates in Kansas for 2011 have hit a record $1 billion, according to the Kansas Department of Insurance (KID). Estimates through August 2011 show $1.095 billion in estimated insured property damage and crop losses for the calendar year so far, according to Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance. The estimates are based on approximately 197,000 claims.

August 19

Department's website named one of best in U.S. -- again

For the second time in three years, the Kansas Insurance Department’s (KID’s) website, www.ksinsurance.org, has been named one of the best state-run insurance websites in the United States.

August 3

Kansas Health Insurance Exchange topic of educational meetings

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Insurance Department are sponsoring four educational public meetings during August on the design and implementation of a proposed Kansas Health Insurance Exchange.
8/10 NOTE: The meetings listed for Overland Park, Hays, and Wichita have been canceled.

July 8

African-American college students can apply for insurance department-sponsored scholarship

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is seeking applicants for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to African-American students enrolled in Kansas universities or community colleges during the 2012 spring semester.

June 9

Insurance Dept.-sponsored legislation allows child-only policies in high-risk pool

Legislation proposed by the Kansas Insurance Department and now signed into law gives Kansas families statewide a chance to once again purchase a child-only health insurance policy.

June 3

Insurance Department employees donate to Reading

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and employees of the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) made a monetary donation of $935 and several boxes of food Friday to help with relief efforts for citizens affected by the May tornado that struck this Lyon County town.

May 26

April storm damage estimates set record for dollar loss amount

Insured property damage loss totals for April 2011 have set a Kansas record, according to figures compiled by the Kansas Insurance Department (KID).

May 23

Insurance information assistance available for weather disaster victims

Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, said Monday that insurance information for recent tornado and severe weather victims in Kansas is available from the Kansas Insurance Department's Consumer Assistance Hotline, 800-432-2484.

May 5

Insurance Commissioner names new Property/Casualty Division Director

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, has named department veteran Jim Newins as the new Property and Casualty Division Director at the Kansas Insurance Department (KID).

March 23

Insurance Commissioner names new Producers Division Director

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, has named Tom Whalen as the Kansas Insurance Department’s new Producers Division Director.

March 7

Health exchange committees will hear vendor presentations

Members of the Steering Committee and Working Groups for the proposed Kansas Health Benefits Exchange will view presentations from insurance exchange marketplace vendors at public meetings March 15 and March 31.

March 2

Insurance Department hearing will focus on health reform provision

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will conduct a public fact-finding hearing March 14 regarding the impact on Kansas insurance companies and agents of a medical loss ratio (MLR) provision in the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

February 18

Kansas insurance exchange workgroup leaders meet

Volunteer leaders met with Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger Feb. 17 to begin planning for Kansas' health insurance benefit exchange. At the meeting, leaders for the eight exchange working groups, established by the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) in January, discussed the scope of work and the organization of policies and procedures, according to Commissioner Praeger.

January 25

New chief actuary named by insurance commissioner

Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, has named Mark Birdsall, a veteran life insurance actuary, as the chief actuary for the Kansas Insurance Department (KID). Birdsall, a former Utah resident, has 31 years’ experience as an actuary. His experience includes product development, financial reporting, asset-liability management and strategic planning. 

January 20

General counsel, directors named at insurance department

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, has named a new general counsel, a new consumer assistance director and made title changes for two staff members at the Kansas Insurance Department (KID).  

January 19

Kansas Insurance Department will have exchange planning meeting

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, will host a public meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, to continue the planning process for a Kansas health benefit exchange. Attendees will have the opportunity to volunteer to participate in various working groups created to address specific issues related to the exchange.  

January 7

Kansas Insurance Department recovers more than $10 million for consumers

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s office helped thousands of Kansas consumers settle disputes with their insurance companies in 2010, recovering more than $10 million in insurance claims for policyholders. Since Commissioner Praeger took office in 2003, The Kansas Insurance Department (KID) has recovered nearly $97 million for Kansas consumers.   

January 3

State to receive one-half million dollars in AIG insurance premium settlement

A signed legal settlement with American International Group (AIG) will net the State of Kansas general fund $500,000, according to Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance. The settlement comes after a three-year market conduct examination of the company and its workers compensation insurance affiliates. The examiners concluded that AIG misreported $2.12 billion of workers’ compensation premium, which caused workers’ compensation premiums to increase.

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