November 18, 2013
Less than a week after President Obama announced plans to let insurance companies sell existing plans without meeting standards set by the Affordable Care Act, Republican Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will present the keynote speech, addressing this important topic at Polsinelli’s Labor, Employment & Benefits Symposium. The firm’s half-day seminar will be held Tuesday, November 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo. Commissioner Praeger is scheduled to speak at noon. The media is invited. The New York Times interviewed and quoted Praeger November 16 about “9000 people in Kansas who received cancellation policies.” She told the publication “This is a nightmare for consumers.”

In addition to Praeger, former Congressmen Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) and Martin Frost (D-TX), both shareholders at Polsinelli, will provide insight on the changes in health reform and the highly regulatory environment businesses are navigating in 2013. Hulshof and Frost serve as strong advocates for the firm’s clients as members of the Public Policy Practice in Washington, D.C.

This year’s keynote speaker, Sandy Praeger, was first elected as insurance commissioner in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006. As a state insurance commissioner, Praeger is responsible for regulating all insurance sold in Kansas and overseeing the nearly 1,700 insurance companies and 90,000 agents licensed to do business in the state.

Commissioner Praeger, a graduate of the University of Kansas, is also the past-president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and has been the spokesperson in favor of maintaining state insurance regulation rather than an optional federal charter.

“We’re very excited to have a dynamic personality like Commissioner Praeger speaking at our symposium,” said Polsinelli Labor & Employment Chair W. Terrence Kilroy. “In a year which has resulted in such a significant change for the future of health care, along with the overload of the compliance landscape, Sandy’s perspective will especially benefit area business leaders and human resources professionals.”

A complete schedule includes:
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Good News on the Retaliation Front - Karen R. Glickstein 
  • Collective Action and the FLSA - Anthony J. Romano 
  • DOMA's Impact on Employee Benefit Plans - Riva T. Johnson 
  • Knock Knock: Who's There? It's the Government and We're Investigating — What to do When You Answer the Door - William S. Robbins 
  • The Expanding Reach of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act: Practical Implications - W. Terrence Kilroy 
  • The Legislature Responds: What to Expect in Washington – Former Congressmen Martin Frost & Kenny C. Hulshof 
  • OFCCP: New Rules and Initiatives - Erin D. Schilling 
  • HIPAA Privacy Update - William P. Sweeney 
  • ADAAA — How Accommodating Must An Employer Be? - Eric E. Packel