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Insurance Commissioner Fines Company, Demands Refunds

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has levied a $5,000 fine against a Kansas-licensed insurance company and has ordered premium refunds for those consumers affected by the company’s statute violations.

In an order issued Dec. 8, Commissioner Praeger ordered Progressive Direct Insurance Company, based in Mayfield Village, Ohio, to pay the monetary penalty for violating statutes and regulations of the Kansas Insurance Department (KID).

The penalty stems from Progressive Direct’s use of increased vehicle insurance premiums put into effect by the company before a new rate filing was approved by KID. The new rates began April 24, 2009, and KID did not grant the request until Sept. 1, 2009.

The rate increases potentially affected more than 23,000 policyholders who had motorcycle and recreational vehicle insurance.

Progressive Direct is an online insurance company.

The Commissioner also ordered the company to refund Kansas policyholders for the increased premiums paid during the time the new rates went unapproved. The department will be given a list of the policyholders and the refunds to be paid to each one.

“Regulation of companies is one of our department’s three primary missions,” Commissioner Praeger said. “Companies doing business in Kansas have to know that we won’t allow them to pursue activities against consumers that don’t meet statutory approval.”

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.