Wednesday, October 30, 2013 website adds price information, help locator

TOPEKA, Kan. — In an effort to help Kansans who are struggling to find health insurance coverage information on the federal marketplace website, the Kansas Insurance Department’s website has new features about Kansas plans, prices and assistance.

“Kansans going to the site can now get a close estimate on what plans, tax credits and rates they can qualify for on the federal marketplace,” said Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, “and they don’t have to log on to the government site or type in any identifiable information.”

In addition to showing health plans and prices available in any Kansas county, the site has a feature allowing users to locate marketplace-certified agents and non-profit organization navigators throughout the state.

“We hope the new features will give consumers a head start on the enrollment process once they can get through on the site,” Commissioner Praeger said.

Kansas is one of 36 states that has a federally-operated marketplace. The marketplace began October 1, but computer problems have prevented most people from completing the enrollment process through the federal site.

The new department website went live on Sept. 1. The information there is distinct from the department’s regular website,

Consumers can also stay up-to-date with health insurance information at or by following InsureKS on Twitter.