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Praeger wants insurance mandate

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger continues to advocate for a federal mandate that people have health insurance, in part because she sees it as the only way to stop companies from excluding coverage based on pre-existing conditions. "If we don't require people to buy coverage, then they will just wait until they need it and then they can't be excluded, and it will just drive up the cost for everybody," Praeger said in Lawrence, adding that "you can't buy homeowners' insurance after your home is on fire."