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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger discusses health reform changes

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger talks about how federal health care reforms will impact Kansans. Praeger spoke Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library during an event sponsored by the Douglas County Democratic Party.

February 19, 2011

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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger speaks to a group of about 70 people Saturday, Feb. 20, 2011, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. She talked about insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger speaks to a group of about 70 people Saturday, Feb. 20, 2011, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. She talked about insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger spent an hour Saturday morning explaining how the federal health care reforms will affect Kansans.

Individual mandates, lifetime limits, Medicaid and online “exchanges” highlighted Praeger’s discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. About 70 people attended the event, sponsored by the Douglas County Democratic Party.

Praeger answered questions about specific provisions and explained how Kansas has been working with the insurance industry to satisfy the law’s requirements.

Praeger acknowledged efforts in the state and on the federal level to repeal the reforms, but said “it’s important to keep moving forward on this. … If it changes, we’ll adjust.”

Following the talk, Praeger, a former Lawrence mayor, discussed some of the issues involved in implementing the new law.

Challenge of educating Kansans

“This is a very complicated law. It has a lot of pieces.”

Praeger’s suggestion to Kansans trying to dissect all the information: visit the Insurance Commission’s website at ksinsurance.org, which provides a breakdown of the law’s provisions. Also, attend events such as Saturday’s talk, where people have the opportunity to ask questions of public officials.

Who will be most affected by the law?

The 19-34 age group.

“I think there’s some real opportunities for affordable coverage that aren’t available right now.”

Biggest concern?

The individual mandate that would require the uninsured to buy health coverage.

“How do we encourage incentives for people to buy coverage? Because the whole goal here is to get as many people covered as possible.”

Positive impact

“It creates a lot more competition, a more competitive market because it standardizes the policies. … People can compare apples to apples when they’re looking at policies.”

Is the new law good for Kansans?

“I think in the long run, it’s a plus.”

Comments

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 2 months ago

Interesting how the paper is totally downplaying that this wasn't some random forum, this was a regular meeting of the Douglas County Democratic Party.

M_12 4 years, 2 months ago

Including that information in the second paragraph was a masterful piece of subterfuge.

rtwngr 4 years, 2 months ago

Sandy Praeger is a Democrat that is registered as a Republican. I really don't understand how anybody can stand in a room and profess that when the government gets into a business that it creates competition. That has to be one of the stupidest, most obtuse comments that a person can make.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

And I'm sure there was no political motivation at all in the judges that sided with Obama and the Democrats. Riiiiiiight.

M_12 4 years, 2 months ago

You are right--this is not Russia. And yet if you choose to participate in owning and driving a car, you are forced to buy insurance. If you choose to in any way participate in health care, you will be forced to buy insurance. If you do not want to buy insurance, join the Christian Scientists--they are not required to buy insurance. Of course, you can never see a doctor or receive emergency medical care again... It is your choice.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

"And yet if you choose to participate in owning and driving a car, you are forced to buy insurance. If you choose to in any way participate in health care, you will be forced to buy insurance."

When people keep bringing up that tired old - and inaccurate - comparison, it demonstrates just how clueless they are on the entire issue of health care finance.

And just out of curiosity, can just one of you liberals tell me why the concept of paying your own medical bills is such an alien concept it never even enters your poor little heads?

voevoda 4 years, 2 months ago

pigballin, Russia is no longer Communist. When it was, people were not forced to buy insurance. Instead, the government provided medical care to its citizens, just as it provided free education (including advanced degrees), pensions, and other social services. Why did the Communist government collapse? Because the government couldn't provide public services reliably any more. That's one aspect of the Communist system that Russians want to have back. notajayhawk, If you think that people should just pay for their medical care as they need it, then you oppose the concept of insurance altogether. (Insurance is based on the principle that some--healthier--people pay for the medical costs of other--sicker--people.) I think that a lot of conservatives would disagree with your position on this.

jafs 4 years, 2 months ago

Actually, I think it's a very reasonably conservative position - pay your own way, individual freedom, etc.

Sparko 4 years, 2 months ago

Is there nothing that is good for their fellow Kansans that right wing nuts will not jump on? Cripes. Where is the GOP in providing any basic health care. It is easy to denounce without leading, but ultimately a fool's game that hurts everyone. So, what is YOUR plan "prolife" windbags? Hypocrisy without conscience.

Sparko 4 years, 2 months ago

Is there nothing that is good for their fellow Kansans that right wing nuts will not jump on? Cripes. Where is the GOP in providing any basic health care. It is easy to denounce without leading, but ultimately a fool's game that hurts everyone. So, what is YOUR plan "prolife" windbags? Hypocrisy without conscience.

gchawk 4 years, 2 months ago

"Is there nothing that is good...........???" I'm not sure, is there "nothing" that is good? Bet you meant "anything". You're pretty good at name calling but I saw "nothing" in your rant about a solution. I'm guessing you're wanting more government control and involvement.

Scott Morgan 4 years, 2 months ago

Sparks come off the ledge. Kansas = conservatives Kansas = nice place to live, even for those who ride in the boat instead of row. Actually the Kansas welfare system is better if you judge by how much of other peoples money you give out than many other states per capita.

Kansans like achievement and history books are full of famous Kansans.

I would suggest you find information elsewhere if you are reading anything which suggests this state is a moronic police state.

voevoda 4 years, 2 months ago

Famous Kansans such as Kathleen Sebelius, who is a major proponent of the health insurance reform! Do you agree, wissmo?

rbwaa 4 years, 2 months ago

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 20, 1971:

President Nixon proposed a package of health-care proposals, offering an alternative to Democratic proposals for national health insurance. Nixon’s plans ranged from new legislation requiring all businesses to furnish employees with comprehensive health insurance, to a new program of federally funded private health insurance to replace most of the federal-state Medicaid program. ....and all this from a Republican...

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

"from new legislation requiring all businesses to furnish employees with comprehensive health insurance"

Requiring empoyers to provide health insurance is not quite the same thing as requiring citizens to buy it, now is it?

"to a new program of federally funded private health insurance to replace most of the federal-state Medicaid program"

Um, yeah. Since the fed and the state government was already paying for the healthcare of the poor and disabled, he wanted to use the money to have private insurance companies administer the program instead of government employees. (Which, incidentally, most states do now anyway). That doesn't say he was going to cover everyone with that program, now, did it?

BTW - you a big Nixon supporter, are you?

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

“It creates a lot more competition, a more competitive market because it standardizes the policies. … People can compare apples to apples when they’re looking at policies.”

What an absolute crock. I could have gotten a private policy from the same insurance company who provided the group policy at my last employer - for about half as much in premiums. Why? Because I didn't need all the coverage they had in the group policy. 'Standardizing' the policy means there's a lot of people who will be paying for coverage they will never need and don't want.

Wow21 4 years, 2 months ago

Just because she's not some ultra conservative right wing hack carrying the water for the Kansas Chamber, Americans for Prosperity, Koch Industries doesn't mean she's not a Republican. You can actually be a MODERATE Republican, trust me it's not a cuss word. She's implementing the federal law as it stands now or, in other words, she following the law. Oh and by the way, the law will actually be good for about 90% of the readers of this website as well as the middle class of Kansas unless your name is Koch or you make $300k per year. I know, I know, you won't believe that because Glenn Beck didn't tell you to believe that but it's actually true. Here's another thing that's true: Kansas is traditionally a moderate state and all the big business pampering and middle class killing initiatives of your tea party saviors will get them run out of town in the next four years, if not the next two. Ask Scott Walker how good he thinks his chances of getting re-elected are.

Tea Partiers/Fox News Zombies/Right Wing Nutjobs for whatever reason can't see the people that they blindly worship are the same ones that will slit their throat if it means $2 in campaign contributions from Koch Industries.

I'm glad Scott Walker is stupid enough to sell his soul to big business at the expense of the middle class because, in the end, that type of stupidity will get people of his ilk across this country voted out so fast it'll make their heads spin and maybe we can get back to moderate governance by people with common sense and a desire to do what's right, not what will get them a cushy job as a lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity.

Enjoy your 15 minutes tea party, they're about up.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

"Oh and by the way, the law will actually be good for about 90% of the readers of this website"

You mean because most of the readers are college kids who can now keep sponging off mommy and daddy (and their fellow employees who have to pay for the additional dependent coverage for those spongers)? Because there's very few people who are going to benefit from this at all, and everyone else is going to be footing the bill. Unless, of course, you happen to own an insurance company - then you'll be doing just fine. But that's okay - I realize none of you have actually read (let alone understand) the legislation, and you think it's just a gee-whiz spiffy idea because Barack said so, and he would never lie to you. Keep swallowing the pablum of MSNBC and Madkow, Wow21. Let us know how that works out for ya'.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 2 months ago

Would you like some cheese with your whine?

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

That's good, little bobbie. The beggars and freeloaders who are saying 'But the government should pay for everything for me' aren't the whiners, it's the ones who say they shouldn't.

But coming from a laid-off goverment employee, I guess that's all we can expect from you.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 2 months ago

Hmmmm, who to trust? The three term Insurance Commissioner who prior to taking that position chaired the Insurance committee in the Kansas Senate or a bunch of crackpots whose opposition falls 100% along partisan lines?

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Fine.

Trust her.

Then tell us all where it says she thinks Obamacare is a good idea.

We'll wait.

(Oh, by the way, you forgot 'former mayor of Larryville' in your list of her credentials, little bobbie.)

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 2 months ago

Is the new law good for Kansans?

“I think in the long run, it’s a plus.”

Reading is hard when you're busy thinking of new and less creative insults to hide that you don't know what you're talking about.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

“I think in the long run, it’s a plus.”

Well, ya' got me there. Kinda' hard to argue with that kind of professional, in-depth, technical analysis.

I apologize for using the word "think" (especially since it's a word you have proven yourself time and time again to be so dreadfully unfamiliar with). I'm glad she "thinks" it'll be good, in the long run. But hey, little one, don't you "think" that "The three term Insurance Commissioner who prior to taking that position chaired the Insurance committee in the Kansas Senate" really ought to KNOW whether it will be good for Kansans? (I guess I could have stopped that at "don't you think", but the quality of your posts makes that a rhetorical question.)

So I'll let you have your little victory. We all know where the sun shines some days. Now, little bobbie - want to try to explain how and/or why it will be good for Kansans?

pace 4 years, 2 months ago

I am glad the health care reform act has begun. We need it. It is a moderate action, I would of liked it stronger but it is a good compromise.

BigPrune 4 years, 2 months ago

It looks like Praeger has come out of the closet and is no longer hiding the fact that she has been a republican in name only her whole political career.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Maybe she was playing the game hoping to get into position to follow in Kathy's footsteps.

pace 4 years, 2 months ago

Praeger was doing her job. If you think doing the job you were elected to do isn't republican, you might know something special. She isn't suppose to only serve Republicans, unless Koch decides a new system of service.

verity 4 years, 2 months ago

"If you think doing the job you were elected to do isn't republican, . . ."

Oh, pace, you hit the jackpot on that one!

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 2 months ago

notajayhawk (anonymous) replies…

Then tell us all where it says she thinks Obamacare is a good idea.

From the article:

Is the new law good for Kansans?

“I think in the long run, it’s a plus.”

notajayhawk (anonymous) replies…

(insert lame insult here)

Partisans, ain't they great? Always adding to the conversation with intelligent, non-programmed remarks...

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