Kansas insurance regulators plan a meeting in Overland Park to explain health care reform

08/07/2013 11:00 AM

08/06/2013 5:40 PM

Kansas insurance regulators will hold a public meeting in Overland Park on Sept. 17 aimed at easing some of the confusion and concern surrounding health care reform.

The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, is the first of a series of gatherings scheduled around the state in September to give people an opportunity to ask questions about how the Affordable Care Act might affect their health care coverage.

The Overland Park meeting will be held on the Best Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Road.

At each event, either insurance commissioner Sandy Praeger or Linda Sheppard, the department’s health policy director and special counsel, will provide an overview of the new national health care law and explain how new online insurance marketplaces will operate.

The government websites are designed to allow uninsured consumers to select a health plan and sign up for coverage. Coverage starts Jan. 1, although enrollment extends through March 31, 2014.

Kansas and Missouri are among the majority of states that are letting the federal government be responsible for all or most of their marketplaces' duties.

“We just want to make sure that people have all the necessary information to work through the changes put in place by law,” Praeger said in a news release.

The state insurance department also plans to post short YouTube videos that address specific health insurance changes. The department is creating a new website,

www.insureKS.org.

, that will provide details about how the online health care marketplaces will work.

Consumers can also call the department toll-free at 800-432-2484.

Public meetings in other Kansas cities are planned for October, although details aren’t yet available.

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