An article in the September 26 issue of the Hutchinson News states that Lieutenant Governor Colyer has made complaints about the health insurance exchange the federal government has set up for Kansas. It is disingenuous for anyone in the Brownback administration to make such complaints. Two years ago, our state Insurance Commissioner had begun work on designing an insurance exchange designed specifically for Kansas. The Governor put a stop to that work by returning grant money to the federal government and declaring that Kansas would not cooperate with the new Affordable Care Act. Even though we now have an insurance exchange designed by the federal government, our Insurance Commissioner, Sandy Praeger, was quoted in that same article that she believes people will be pleasantly surprised by the affordable rates and good coverage of the plans on the exchange. Many newspaper articles are giving good information about the Affordable Care Act and the two websites to visit for information: and

— Arnita Haury, Halstead