TOPEKA — A new Kansas Insurance Department website is expected to help Kansans learn more about changes in the health insurance market in the coming months.

The site,, features educational information for Kansans who might be interested in accessing health insurance coverage through either the online Health Insurance Marketplace or in the regular insurance market outside of the marketplace, according to the state insurance office.

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.

A variety of features are included on the site, ranging from a premium estimator that calculates premium costs and possible tax credits for individuals and families, based on the information they provide, to short videos of Sandy Praeger, insurance commissioner, who explains portions of the law that might affect Kansans.

“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,” Praeger said. “We have tried to provide information and education pieces that will give them a chance to get the facts for themselves.”