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Sandy Praeger

Sandy Praeger

Commissioner Sandy Praeger is the most immediate NAIC Past President. She serves as Chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, Vice Chair of the International Insurance Relations Committee, member of the Executive Committee for International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and a member of other NAIC Committees. She was elected previously to the Kansas Senate in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and before that served one term in the Kansas House of Representatives. While in the legislature, she worked to gain passage of patient protection laws, external review of health plans and insurance, and the Kansas expansion of children’s health insurance. In 2001 she led the successful campaign for mental health parity in Kansas. Commissioner Praeger has testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as it considers a new small business health plan for the states. She also appeared before the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee expressing concerns about association health plans and before the Senate Select Committee on Aging concerning qualifications of investment advisers. She was a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Nathan B. Davis Award, bestowed annually by the American Medical Association to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the public health through elected and career government service. Commissioner Praeger is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, Dr. Mark Praeger, where she is active in several community organizations. They have two children, Gretchen (son-in-law Erik and granddaughter Clara Lee) and J.D. (daughter-in-law Sevrin, and grandson Jakson and granddaughter Ava Margaret).

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