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Insurance Consumer alert: Kansas Individual Health Plan Consumers Reminded Of Shortened Enrollment Period, Potential Provider Network Changes

TOPEKA, KS — Kansas consumers making choices on individual health insurance for 2018 have approximately one month left to make their selections, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. The shorter open enrollment period for the 2018 plan year began November 1 and ends December 15, 2017. The federal government established the time(…)

Giving Second Chances to Senior Pets

Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month with a new friend from the Humane Society of Missouri November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and the Humane Society of Missouri encourages everyone to consider an older pet when looking for a new addition to their family. Many people immediately think of puppies or kittens when looking(…)

Consumer Corner: Home improvement scams continuing through the fall

By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt Although the leaves are falling and the weather is turning cooler, our office is continuing to hear from Kansans about home improvement scams. Most commonly, these scams involve tree trimming, paving scams, and home improvement cases where money is paid up front and no work or limited work is(…)

Spare Me! Nearly One-Third of New Vehicles are Missing a Spare Tire

Automakers continue to eliminate spares to meet fuel economy standards In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles. According to new research from AAA, nearly one-third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment (See(…)

Insurance Consumer alert: Insurance department provides assistance for Medicare-type questions, fraud detection

The Medicare open enrollment period always brings a number of questions to the Kansas Insurance Department, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. However, only Medicare Supplemental/Medigap insurance plans fall under the Kansas Insurance Department’s jurisdiction, and those can be purchased any time during the year, Commissioner Selzer said. “We are able to(…)

Insurance Department Issues Overview Of 2018 Kansas Health Insurance Market

TOPEKA, KS – Kansas consumers will have choices of health insurance companies when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, according to the Kansas Insurance Department. An online department document shows health plans available through the federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM) are from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; Medica Insurance Company; and Sunflower State Health, Inc. All(…)

Consumer Alert: Know The Signs Of Water-Damaged Vehicles

TOPEKA, KS— Officials say that within the next two months vehicles will appear for sale from unscrupulous sellers that are the result of water damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Kansas consumers should check the backgrounds of vehicles they may consider purchasing, said Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. “The time is coming when(…)

New Bike Service Points to Assist Cyclists on Kansas Trails

TOPEKA, Kan. – Sept. 13, 2017 – AAA Kansas, in association with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) announced the introduction of a Bike Service Points program that will provide bike repair stations and AAA bicycle roadside service assistance at designated locations for cyclists who experience breakdowns or equipment problems during their(…)

Donnelly Named Most Diverse College in Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Kan., September 13, 2017— U.S. News and World Report has announced that Donnelly College tops the list of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the Midwest. Full list can be found here. Donnelly’s ranking is a reflection of its status as the region’s only federally-designated Minority-Serving Institution and Hispanic-Serving Institution. “We are proud(…)

Gas Prices Spike, But Kansas Has 7th Lowest Pump Prices in USA

Kansas’ average gas price jumps 26 cents in past week to $2.49; national average rises to $2.65. TOPEKA, Kan. – Sept. 5, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey may no longer be raining down on the Gulf Coast, but the storm’s impact continues to drive up gas prices across Kansas and the country, reports AAA Kansas. The(…)

AAA Reveals True Cost of Vehicle Ownership

TOPEKA, Kan. – August 23, 2017 – Owning and operating a new vehicle in 2017 will cost a driver an average of $8,469 annually, or $706 each month, according to a new study from AAA. The annual evaluation of driving costs reveals that small sedans are the least expensive vehicles to drive at $6,354 annually,(…)

All impaired drivers to be tested during “No Refusal Weekend”

Initiative is part of You drink. You drive. YOU LOSE. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office, the Kansas Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies from across the state are joining forces to crack down on impaired driving during the upcoming No Refusal Weekend, when all suspected impaired drivers who refuse breath testing will be subject(…)

Insurance Consumer alert: How to handle an insurance claim

TOPEKA, Kan. — With a little preparation, resolving a claim with your insurance company does not have to be a frustrating, time-consuming process, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. “Being prepared with and keeping track of the information your insurance company needs to process the claim is critical,” said Commissioner Selzer. “What(…)

Three New Ethics Commission Members named for Unified Government

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Three new Ethics Commissioners have been selected by the Ad Hoc Ethics Commission Appointment Panel and will be sworn in on August 3rd, 2017 at the ethics commission monthly meeting. The appointees are Wyandotte County residents who will serve a four-year term. The new commissioners were selected to serve on the(…)

KCKCC Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Jacqueline Vietti as Acting President

Kansas City Kansas Community College is one of the premier academic institutions in the State of Kansas and beyond. The KCKCC Board of Trustees remains committed to maintaining a positive and supportive educational environment for its students, faculty and community.   Information was brought to the attention of the Board that merited review by an external(…)

AG Derek Schmidt: More Than 1,000 Law Enforcement Officers Received Training to Combat Human Trafficking Last Year

TOPEKA – (July 13, 2017) – More than 1,000 Kansas law enforcement officers received training on identifying and responding to human trafficking during the recently ended 2017 fiscal year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Trainings provided by the attorney general’s office were held in several locations around the state, including last month’s “Four Corners”(…)

2018 Unified Government Budget Calls for Property Tax Cut

As the community celebrates the 20th anniversary of voters approving the consolidation of the city and county governments to form the Unified Government, Mayor Mark Holland and the UG Commission are looking to a 2018 budget which maintains community momentum and again reduces property taxes. The 2018 Proposed Budget recommends cutting the KCK property tax(…)