TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' insurance regulator is asking Gov.
Sam Brownback to set the requirements for health insurance plans to
be sold in a new online marketplace mandated by the federal health
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is recommending that the
so-called benchmark plan mirror a plan already being offered by the
state's largest health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas,
with additions from government coverage.
Praeger's office made her recommendations public Tuesday.
The federal health care law requires online health insurance
marketplaces, known as exchanges, in each state. States are
supposed to set their requirements for plans sold on the exchange
by the end of the month.
Brownback, who opposes the federal law, has said he wants to
wait until after the presidential election to make any decisions.