A new website rolled out by the Kansas Insurance Department will help

Kansans learn more about changes in the health insurance market in the

coming months.

The site, insureKS.org, features educational information for Kansans

who may be interested in accessing health insurance coverage through

either the online Health Insurance Marketplace or in the regular

insurance market outside of the marketplace.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is an Internet portal that will

allow people to sign up for health insurance as part of the new federal

health reform law and to determine whether they may be eligible for

financial assistance to pay for health insurance.

Also included on the insureKS.org website are the following:

* An interactive program nicknamed "Alex" that helps a viewer learn

about the 2014 health insurance changes and how they might affect their

insurance situation.

* A premium estimator that will calculate premium costs and possible

tax credits for individuals and families, based on the information they


* Brochures and FAQs that explain provisions of the health insurance law that go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

* A link to the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

* A list of external resources.

* Information about Kansas Navigator programs, insurance agents, and

other assisters that are offering personal help with understanding the

law's provisions.

The site links to short videos of Sandy Praeger, commissioner of

insurance, who explains portions of the law that may affect Kansans.