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Insurance commissioner candidate Anderson says he will schedule town hall meeting on claims reimbursement

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Dennis Anderson, the Democratic candidate for insurance commissioner, said Tuesday that if he is elected he will hold town hall meetings statewide to discuss insurance claims reimbursements.

Anderson, 57, said that during his campaign travels across Kansas he is hearing from Kansans about their difficulties in getting insurers to pay claims made on their policies.

"One thing that needs some sunshine is claim reimbursement," Anderson told the Lawrence Journal-World. He said consumers need to understand their policies and insurers need to back those policies.

Anderson, of Overland Park, owns a business with his family that helps train prospective insurance agents for licensing and continuing education.

He has no primary opponent and will face the winner of a crowded Republican field that includes Beverly Gossage, of Eudora; David Powell, of El Dorado; Ken Selzer, of Leawood; Clark Shultz, of Lindsborg; and John Toplikar, of Olathe.

Anderson said he supports the policies of current Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a moderate Republican who decided not to seek re-election. "If Sandy Praeger were running, I would not be here" seeking office, he said.

In other developments in the insurance commissioner's race, Shultz, a state senator, was endorsed Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

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