TOPEKA, Kan. -

A new website rolled out by the Kansas Insurance Department is set up to 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 provide.
  • 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.

Social media users can also find links to the insureKS.org Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel at the website. A link to the new department "Health Insurance in Kansas" booklet will also be there.

"I think that Kansans who go online to the new site will find many answers to the questions that have been raised about the new health insurance provisions," Commissioner Praeger said. "We have tried to provide information and education pieces that will give them a chance to get the facts for themselves."

The Kansas Insurance Department, established in 1871, assists and educates consumers, regulates and reviews companies, and licenses agents selling insurance products in the state.