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Property & casualty summit gives insurers, department chance to connect
The Kansas Insurance Department hosted property & casualty insurance company representatives at a summit on Thursday, December 5, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. The purpose of the summit was to give companies the opportunity to speak with the department about questions and concerns regarding rate filings and department operations and procedures.
Also in this issue:
- Final scholarship winners announced
- Nurse to repay for fraudulent medical claims
- Commissioner Praeger receives awards
A McPherson County nurse who pleaded guilty to six counts of insurance fraud will repay nearly $80,000 in restitution to an insurance company for fraudulent claims which she supported by forged medical treatment records and billing documents. Jennifer Renee Allmon, now known as Jennifer Batson, was ordered to repay $79,945 to Aflac for claims she filed with the company for a variety of fictitious injuries and health conditions she said happened to herself and her husband. (Read Fraud news release )
Commissioner's Corner for December 2013:
Your health insurance coverge: A checklist of items to consider
With health insurance in the national spotlight, Kansas consumers have much to think about in providing themselves and their loved ones with potential coverage. Whether you have insurance coverage through your employer (as more than half of Kansans do) or you have to provide it for yourself and your family (which a little more than five percent of our state’s citizens do), it’s important to think about what you want and what you need. (Read Commissioner's Corner )
Seven Kansas college students are recipients of financial aid scholarships totaling $6,500 for the 2014 spring semester from the Monumental Life Settlement African-American Scholarship program administered by the Kansas Insurance Department.
Students receiving $1,000 scholarships are Stephonn Alcorn, Gardner, attending the University of Kansas; Oreoluwa Alebiosu, Gardner, Kansas State University; Gerrick Alford, Wichita, Wichita State University; Janice Gahagans, Grandview, MO, Brown Mackie College-Kansas City; Bernaiyya Jackson, Wichita, Butler Community College-Andover; and Ramona Newsom, Salina, Brown Mackie College-Salina. Carson Long, Graham, MO, attending the University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, will receive a $500 scholarship. (Read Scholarship news release )
In an effort to help Kansans who are struggling to find health insurance coverage information on the federal marketplace website, the Kansas Insurance Department’s www.insureKS.org website has new features about Kansas plans, prices and assistance. In addition to showing health plans and prices available in any Kansas county, the InsureKS.org site has a feature allowing users to locate marketplace-certified agents and non-profit organization navigators throughout the state. (Read insureKS consumer alert )
During the open enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansas Medicare beneficiaries to be alert to any potential scams surrounding sign-up activity. The open-enrollment period for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and Medicare Advantage plans began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2013. (Read Medicare consumer alert )
Our primary responsibility is to you, the people whose personal lives or business endeavors are protected by an insurance product in the state of Kansas.
If you have questions or concerns about insurance, please contact our Consumer Assistance Division by calling toll-free 1-800-432-2484 (in Kansas only) or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Sandy Praeger - Commissioner of Insurance