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Date Posted 2024 News Releases
May 17

Storm season insurance claims cost $442 million in 2023

Commissioner Schmidt released data on storm damage claims in 2023.

May 9

Department awards scholarships to finalists of financial literacy essay contest

Commissioner Schmidt announced the overall winner of the financial literacy essay contest.

May 3

Commissioner offers assistance to tornado victims

Commissioner Schmidt offers assistance to victims of Westmoreland tornado.

May 2

Consumer Connection

Life Insurance Awareness Day

May 1

Junior Achievement students receive scholarships

Three Junior Achievement participants are the winners of essay scholarship contest.

Apr 26

Injunction Issued

Injunction issued against Smith General Ventures, LLC

Apr 23

Securities bills signed into law

Two securities bills introduced by the Kansas Department of Insurance designed to protect vulnerable Kansans have been signed into law.

Apr 19

KCEE students receive financial literacy scholarships

Three KCEE students win a financial literacy essay scholarship contest sponsored by the Securities Division of the Kansas Department of Insurance.

Mar 21

JAG-K students receive financial literacy scholarships

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt announced three participants as winners.

Mar 8

Consumer Connection

Check insurance as storm season arrives.

Mar 4

Overland Park man sentenced for insurance fraud

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt announced an Overland Park man has been sentenced for insurance fraud.

Feb 27

Cease and Desist Order 

Cease-and-desist order for alleged violations of Kansas Uniform Securities Act

Feb 16

(Anti) Fraud Friday

The red flags of romance scams

Jan 23

Commissioner Schmidt announces committee assignments

Commissioner Schmidt announced she will be serving on three committees for the NAIC

Jan 19

Sedgwick County man sentenced for insurance fraud

Kansas man has been sentenced to 12 months of probation for insurance fraud

Jan 17

Department recovers millions

Insurance Department recovers over $16 million for Kansas policyholders

Date Posted 2023 News Releases
Dec 15

(Anti) Fraud Friday

Understanding your Explanation of Benefits

Dec 8

Guidance on surplus lines tax reduction

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt released guidance on reduced surplus lines tax rate.

Nov 16

Leavenworth man sentenced for insurance fraud

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt announced a Leavenworth man has been sentenced for insurance fraud.

Oct 27

(Anti) Fraud Friday

New investment scam combines AI and cryptocurrency.

Oct 25

2024 Overview Released

Commissioner Vicki Schmidt releases 2024 Overview of the Kansas Health Insurance Market.

Oct 19

Producer licensing fees reduced

Commissioner Schmidt reduces producer licensing fees by $1.2 million.

Oct 9

Kansas man sentenced for violation

An Olathe man has been sentenced for violation of securities injunction.

Oct 5

Health plan rates for 2024 now available

2024 rates for individual and small group health insurance plans have been finalized

Sep 27

Consumer Connection

Life Insurance Awareness Month: Check for unclaimed benefits

Sep 15

Kansas woman sentenced for fraud

A Kansas woman has been sentenced for insurance fraud.

Sep 7

Group-Funded Pools

Commissioner eliminates fees and returns dollars to group-funded pools

Sep 1

20 years of Stock Market Game

2023 marks 20th year of Stock Market Game for Kansas students

Aug 23

Guidance to Consumers on Insurance Company Liquidation

Commissioner Schmidt released a new FAQ following the order of liquidation of MutualAid eXchange (MAX)

Jul 28

(Anti) Fraud Friday

Test your fraud awareness with SmartInvestKS.com

Jul 19

Consumer Connection

After the Storm

Jul 14

(Anti) Fraud Friday

Protect your ride

Jul 7

Consumer Connection

Rise of the robo-adviser

Jun 19

Kansas firefighters receive annual distribution

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt announced that the Department has made its annual distribution to local Firefighter Relief Associations.

Jun 8

Reduced Securities Act fees by $8.25 million

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt announced that the assessment of fees for securities will be reduced by $8.25 million beginning in fiscal year 2024.

Jun 1

No Work Comp Assessment

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt announced no Workers Compensation Assessment for FY 2024.

Jun 1

Mobile office hours in Ford County

Kansas Insurance Department to hold mobile office hours in Ford County.

May 26

(Anti) Fraud Friday

Don’t fall prey to pig butchering scams

May 24

Consumer Connection

Shopping for health insurance?  Start here!

May 23

Scholarships awarded

Kansas Insurance Department awards scholarships to finalists of financial literacy essay contest.

May 12

Junior Achievement students receive scholarships

Junior Achievement students receive financial literacy scholarships from the Kansas Insurance Department.

May 10

Arizona man sentenced for securities violations

Arizona man has been sentenced for three violations of the Kansas Uniform Securities Act.

May 5

(Anti) Fraud Friday

Protect yourself from health insurance scams

May 3

Winners of financial literacy essay scholarship contest

Chaparral High School students receive financial literacy scholarship

Apr 17

Consumer Connection

Spring clean your investments this Financial Literacy Month

Apr 3

Ins Department to hold Mobile office hours in Geary County

Kansas Insurance Department to hold mobile office hours in Geary County.

Mar 31

(Anti) Fraud Friday

Watch out for fraud with Self-Directed IRAs.

Mar 24

Kansas joins settlement

Kansas joins multistate settlement against cryptocurrency platform.

Mar 22

JAG-K students receive scholarships

Three JAG-K participants receive financial literacy scholarships.

Mar 9

Livescan fingerprinting now available

Livescan fingerprinting is now available at Kansas Insurance Department.

Mar 6

Consumer Connection

Make sure you are covered for severe weather damage

Mar 3

Update to EHB open for comments

Update to Kansas Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plan open for public comment

Feb 24

(Anti) Fraud Friday

Have an accident and no insurance? Don’t try to “past-post”.

Feb 20

Consumer Connection

What to know about cryptocurrency and securities

Feb 10

Ins Department to hold Mobile office hours in Morris County

Kansas Insurance Department to hold mobile office hours in Morris County.

Jan 30

Consumer Connection

Don’t be left in the cold over winter weather insurance claims.

Jan 13

Ins Department recovers millions for policyholders

Insurance Department recovers 7.6 million for Kansas policyholders.

Jan 9

Schmidt sworn in as Insurance Commissioner

Vicki Schmidt is sworn in for second term as Kansas Insurance Commissioner.

Jan 6

Arizona man pleads guilty to securities fraud

Commissioner Schmidt announces Arizona man ordered to pay and serve time in prison.

Jan 4

New Public Affairs Manager

Commissioner Schmidt names new Public Affairs Manager.

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Consumer Connections

Date Posted 2024 Consumer Connections
May 2

Consumer Connection

Life Insurance Awareness Day

Mar 8

Consumer Connection

Check insurance as storm season arrives.

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