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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

Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

"Of course, you can never see a doctor or receive emergency medical care again... It is your choice." === Good points, and the heart of the matter. I wouldn't deny regular doctor's care to those without insurance, just cash on the barrelhead. Emergency care, that's another matter. That would require a million dollar (minimum) bond to assure the rest of us the cost of your recovery from the automobile accident wouldn't be added to the bills of the already insured. This will all sort out in time, but at least after 100 years of debate they took the first step.

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JEngdahlJ 3 years, 1 month ago

Should employees get healthcare through employers or should employers help them get it through the state exchange? http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=3416

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 1 month 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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pace 3 years, 1 month 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.

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BigPrune 3 years, 1 month 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.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

hey, when all the smokers die and the old folks get taken care of by the death camps the world will be so much better for the obama supporters except no one will be left to pay taxes and support thier welfare butts

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pace 3 years, 1 month 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.

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 1 month 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.

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

"I realize none of you have actually read (let alone understand) the legislation." Think this sentence definitely describes you and the teabagger junkies.

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Wow21 3 years, 1 month 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.

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notajayhawk 3 years, 1 month 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.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

there is no nice way to make this statement many employees today, are unable, or unwilling to produce a return on thier hourly wage, so how can an employer afftord to pay for thier heatth insurance?

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rbwaa 3 years, 1 month 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...

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Scott Morgan 3 years, 1 month 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.

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Sparko 3 years, 1 month 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.

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Sparko 3 years, 1 month 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.

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pigballin 3 years, 1 month ago

Praeger ,you are all wet on this. You don't force anyone to buy health insurance. This is not Russia,etc. We like our freedom.

@rtwngr,,you are right about little rich girl Praeger. A RINO for sure. It seems this state has a lot of RINO'S in it's state gov't.

Further more the state cannot implement this law as a judge has said it is unconstitutional. Therefore it would be in contempt.

Praeger is a clone of the former Gov Selby,now in the Obamao health department.

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rtwngr 3 years, 1 month 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.

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Ray Parker 3 years, 1 month ago

All a pack of lies, because all-red Kansas is committed to non-participation, non-compliance, non-cooperation, non-funding, obstruction, and repeal of the Marxist medical takeover.

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 1 month 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.

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