2007 News Releases

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2007 News Releases

December 26

The Kansas Insurance Department’s (KID’s) Consumer Assistance Division had a record year in 2007, recovering more than $13 million for Kansas insurance consumers, according to Commissioner Sandy Praeger. But Jim Welch, Consumer Assistance & Market Conduct director, is hesitant to base the unit’s success solely on recovering money by settling consumer disputes with insurance companies.

December 14

The 2008 open enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage runs through Dec. 31.  Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger urges Medicare beneficiaries to review coverage option suggestions and to be alert to any potential scams surrounding Part D signup activity.

December 4

Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) today elected 2008 officers, including Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger as the NAIC President. The newly elected officers will assume their duties following the completion of the NAIC Winter National Meeting.

November 9

A recent report shows Kansas ranks fifth lowest in the nation for average auto insurance expenditures, according to Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance. This is the second consecutive year the state has been ranked fifth.

October 12

A new Long-Term Care Partnership Program now available in Kansas offers a way for Kansans to protect their assets if they ever need to apply for Medicaid services. The Kansas Partnership for Long-Term Care initiative encourages Kansans to finance their own long-term care needs and partner with the state-based program as they purchase qualified private long-term care insurance policies.

Important points about the Kansas Partnership for Long-Term Care

October 4

Larry Bruning, chief actuary for the Kansas Insurance Department (KID), has been elected and installed as a new director of the American Academy of Actuaries, according to Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance.

September 7

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger testified Sept. 5 before the United States Senate Select Committee on Aging about the qualifications of advisers who make recommendations to older citizens on investments.

August 20

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, today said the 1,564 Kansas policyholders of Benicorp Insurance Company, an Indiana-based company placed in receivership, have other healthcare coverage protection available if they choose it.

August 16

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, announced today the Kansas Insurance Department, along with Johnson County authorities and the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, helped to convict a former insurance agent of theft for taking money from a Wyandotte County couple for non-existent insurance premiums.  The conviction means that Royetta Nichols, a former Johnson County insurance agent, will repay premiums that were taken fraudulently from the couple.

August 16

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger participated in a quarterly conference of the State Alliance for e-Health, a national organization concerned with electronic exchange of health information, on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The conference, sponsored by the National Governors Association, covered an overview of health information exchange, privacy issues, licensing of related businesses, recommendations from various task forces and sessions on electronic prescription services.

August 3

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, has re-issued a consumer alert regarding fraudulent activity affecting Medicare beneficiaries in the south central Kansas area.

August 3

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, has named Cindy Hermes as Director of the Government and Public Affairs Division and Bob Hanson as Public Information Officer.

August 3

Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, today announced the recovery of nearly $20,000 in restitution from a Riley County woman following a plea of no contest involving an attempt to commit a fraudulent insurance act.

July 23

“Questions still persist regarding whether individuals and small businesses can purchase flood insurance.  According to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) statistics, your home has a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a 9% chance of fire,” said Commissioner of Insurance Sandy Praeger. View Flash® slideshow of Osawatomie flood

July 23

Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Sandy Praeger, has announced that nearly $9.1 million is being distributed to Firefighter Relief Associations from the Firefighters Relief Fund this year.  This important fund, administered by the Kansas Insurance Department, distributes moneys to local associations for accident and health, disability and life insurance premiums used to assist firefighters and their families.
List of association distributions by county

July 18

Speaking before a key subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, Sandy Praeger, President-Elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and Kansas Insurance Commissioner, testified on the merits of all-perils insurance coverage.

July 6

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has announced the results of an investigation of insurance fraud by her department’s Anti-Fraud Division.  Former insurance agent, Ronald E. Hummel was sentenced today in District Court in Stafford County for one count of felony theft and two counts of an insurance agent failure to pay insurance premiums to the insurance company.

June 20

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the 2007 storm season in Kansas so far has accumulated $230 million in losses of insured property and crops during the month of May 2007.

May 24

The May 4, 2007 Greensburg tornado left a path of destruction and took many lives that can never be replaced.  However, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been busy making sure that insurance companies are paying the claims that will help the residents of Greensburg replace what they can.

May 9

Most homeowner and renter policies do not cover damage due to flooding. The National Federal Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP) program provides flood insurance in participating communities. Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance or contact the NFIP directly.

May 7

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger wants Kansas citizens to know the Kansas Insurance Department is here to help. She said Monday morning, "The past weekend has been devastating for the State of Kansas and its citizens but we are a strong and resilient state with a reputation for helping each other. We will pull through this catastrophe and be even better and stronger than before." View Flash® slideshow

May 2

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Medicare beneficiaries and their families to be aware of a new Medicare phone scam.

Apr 25

Some of the most prominent organizations and individuals in the state of Kansas are joining together this week to support the expansion of federal and state programs to cover uninsured children.  Cover the Uninsured Week 2007 is focusing on a clear goal: demonstrating broad support for the reauthorization, by Congress, of SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) and the need to cover America's uninsured children.

Apr 24

Commissioner Sandy Praeger was in New York today to participate in the launch of a comprehensive public education program to assist small businesses with information about business risks and insurance options.

Apr 17

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger was in Washington, D.C. today to represent the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) before the National Financial Education Network of the U.S. Treasury Department.

Jan 29

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

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