Sandy Praeger

State insurance commissioner-elect Ken Selzer says creating a more robust market is a top goal of his time in office.

Selzer says greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul.

He is confident that he can attract companies into the state and encourage others already in Kansas to do more business.

Ken Selzer is a Republican and takes office January 12th.

He'll replacing retiring Commissioner Sandy Praeger.

One of the top officials of the Kansas Insurance Department has accepted a new position at a Topeka-based health policy think-tank.

The Kansas Health Institute has named Linda Sheppard as Senior Analyst and Strategy Team Leader for KHI's work surrounding health reform, effective the end of this month.

She'll provide analysis of state and federal health reform initiatives, including the Affordable Care Act, and their impact on Kansas.

Republican Senator Clark Schultz of Lindsborg has filed to run for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.

He joins an already crowded field of candidates for the August 5th primary.

Five Republicans and one Democrat are running to replace three-term incumbent Sandy Praeger. She is not seeking re-election.

Shultz was appointed to the Senate earlier this year to fill a vacancy after he served 17 years in the House, including nine years as its Insurance Committee chairman.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is opposing Governor Brownback's re-election as governor.

Commissioner Praeger has joined a new bipartisan group hoping to thwart Brownback's bid for a second term.

Praeger went public yesterday about her break with Brownback and other Kansas Republicans.

She's appearing in an online video criticizing the governor from the Reroute the Roadmap group.

The group's six sponsors include Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently talked to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger about how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect people in Kansas and what to expect when the health insurance marketplace opens on October 1. Learn more about the basics of the marketplace here.

1. I’ve been asking people about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and so many people don’t know much about it. They’re a bit confused, not knowing what to expect. Can you give us an overview?