Daily Archives: Oct. 7, 2009

September sets consumer-recovery record for Insurance Department

Insurance sealThe state Insurance Department set a monthly record in September by recovering $4.5 million for consumers who had disputed claims with their insurance companies, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger announced today.

“Our department is making sure policyholders are treated fairly and in a timely manner when it comes to their insurance questions,” Praeger said in a statement.

The total recovery for consumers from January through September of this year is $13.2 million.

The department helped consumers recover $13.6 million in 2008, Praeger said.

The amounts are based on payments made by insurance companies to customers who filed inquiries and complaints with the Insurance Department. The totals are above and beyond the amounts insurers originally offered their customers, Praeger’s statement said.

Residents having problems with their insurance companies can call the Insurance Department’s consumer hotline at 800-432-2484.

Democrat Schollenberger expected to enter Senate race

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Retired advertising executive and former news reporter Charles Schollenberger is expected Thursday to officially launch his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.

Schollenberger, whose slogan is “Send a big name to Washington,” started an exploratory committee for the seat in June.

He has called a 9 a.m. news conference at the Brown v. Board of Education historical site in Topeka, where he is expected to formally enter the race.

Schollenberger is the only Democrat so far to publicly experess an interest in running for the Senate.

Practically all of the attention in the race so far has focused on the Republican primary, where two sitting congressmen, Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, are battling for the GOP nomination.

Brownback’s seat will be vacant for the 2010 election because he has decided to leave Congress to run for governor.

Schollenberger has been active in several Democratic congressional campaigns, including working as issues director for former Ohio Sen. John Glenn in his 1973 race. Schollenberger ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio Legislature in 1976.

After moving to Kansas, he covered agriculture and business for the Hutchinson News and the Kansas City Times in the 1980′s, before transitioning to a career in advertising.