The Kansas Insurance Department has scheduled informational meetings about changes coming to health insurance.
The meetings are in September and October at different locations in Kansas.
There is no meeting scheduled yet for Wyandotte County. The closest location to Wyandotte County will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the KU Edwards campus, Best Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kan.
Those attending the meetings will have the opportunity to ask questions about how the change might affect their situation and family.
At each event, either Linda Sheppard, the Kansas Insurance Department health policy director and special counsel, or Health Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will walk attendees through an overview of the new health law and explain who is affected by the coming health insurance changes (only some Kansans are). They will also explain and demonstrate how the new online insurance marketplace will operate.
The biggest part of the meeting will be answering questions about the changes, Commissioner Praeger stated. The department has been analyzing the changes since some of them went into effect in 2010, and will do its best to present objective answers to specific questions.
The Kansas Insurance Department will not be debating the merits of the changes; it will just make sure that people have all the necessary information to work through the changes put in place by law.
Handouts with additional information will be available at the meetings. Those who have questions after reading them, may contact the Consumer Assistance Representatives toll-free clls (in Kansas) at 800-432-2484. Also, by the time the meetings roll around, at least two new Kansas Navigator programs established by the federal government will provide more information.
The Kansas Insurance Department is planning to continue these public meetings in October in other Kansas cities.
Kansans who want to learn more about the changes are invited to attend one or more of the meetings.