Articles by John Hanna

Kansas City-Area Insurance Exec Seeks GOP Nod for Commissioner Post

A certified public accountant from Leawood who’s also an insurance industry executive has launched a campaign for the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner. Ken Selzer announced that he’s running for the regulatory position, and he’ll face at least two …

Kansas Court Upholds Limits on Damages in Lawsuits

Kansas will continue to limit compensation for pain and suffering to $250,000 in personal injury lawsuits following a recent state Supreme Court ruling in the case of a woman whose doctor removed the wrong ovary from her in 2002. Amy …

Kansas Governor Asked to Set Health Exchange ‘Benchmark’

Kansas’ insurance regulator is asking Gov. Sam Brownback to spell out the requirements for health coverage to be sold in a new online marketplace mandated by the federal health care overhaul, but Brownback still plans to make no decisions until …

Kansas Governor, Insurance Chief at Odds on Health Care

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he wants to wait until after the presidential election to comply with a key provision of the federal health care overhaul upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, but the state’s Republican insurance commissioner objected. Brownback, …

Kansas Democrats File Complaint Against Speaker Over Comp Fund Suit

Top Democrat lawmakers in Kansas filed a complaint in the Kansas House against its Republican speaker, accusing him of misconduct for representing businesses, trade groups and insurance funds in a lawsuit against the state. The Democrats said Speaker Mike O’Neal’s …

Democrat: Kan. House Speaker Should Step Down Due to Insurance Ties

A Democratic legislator called for Kansas’ Republican House speaker to step down because he is representing businesses, trade groups and insurance funds in a lawsuit against the state. State Rep. Marti Crow said Speaker Mike O’Neal has a conflict of …

Kansas Retains Governor’s Appointment Power

Kansas House Democrats killed a proposal Friday to strip the governor of the power to fill vacancies in four statewide offices. The proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution would have let political parties fill vacancies in the offices of attorney …