Greater KC NAHU Chapter Member Runs for Kansas Insurance Commissioner in Upcoming Election

NAHU member Beverly Gossage of the Greater Kansas City chapter is running for Kansas Insurance Commissioner in 2014.

Here is a little about Beverly from her campaign website: http://www.beverlygossage.com/

Beverly Gossage is the Owner of HSA Benefits Consulting and the President and Legislative Chair of the Greater Kansas City Association of Health Underwriters.

In April of 2006, President Bush invited Beverly to the White House, one of ten guests, including representatives from insurance carriers, banks, and business owners to participate in a round table discussion on HSAs. ALEC and NCSL invited her to address their legislative members.
She has testified on bills in several states regarding health policy, including both houses of the Kansas Legislature. Beverly served on the health board of the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy and was a research fellow for Show Me Institute.

Native Kansan.

Beverly Gossage was born in Wichita to Calvin and LaVaughn Kastl. She was the second of five children. Her family lived in Kincaid for a short while where her father owned a gas station and where Beverly attended a two room schoolhouse. She loved everything about school and knew at age six that she wanted to be a teacher. Her family moved back to Wichita where she attended Dodge Elementary and her seven family members lived in a little two room house. In sixth grade her parents moved to Kansas City and Beverly graduated from Ruskin High School. Since the age of ten, Beverly caught her family’s entrepreneurial spirit. She made pot holders and sold them door to door and babysat. She worked at Dairy Queen and other restaurants to save for college and a wedding. That year her parents relocated to Ft Scott so that her dad could get his plumbing license.
Beverly received her Associate of Arts from Ft. Scott Community College. She married her junior high sweetheart Robert in 1969 and joined him in Kansas City, Missouri, where she continued her education at CMSU. Since Beverly was paying for her own tuition through odd jobs and scholarships, she wanted to pay for her college in the most economical way. She loaded up with maximum credit hours each semester and attended through the summers to graduate in a total of three years. She completed her childhood dream of becoming the first person on either side of her family to graduate from college and finally becoming a teacher by graduating magna cum laude with a degree in education from CMSU. Beverly began her career shortly after her 21st birthday at Westridge Elementary in Kansas City. In 1974 she and Robert moved to Eudora where they built their first home and she taught at Deerfield Elementary in Lawrence.
They started their family in 1976. Beverly and Robert tightened their budget so that Beverly could do part time jobs to spend more time with the children. Beverly worked with a builder and became a real estate agent and broker. Later while she homeschooled her youngest son who was dyslexic, she would work in the evenings cleaning the houses her brother’s company built to help with the family budget. Her experience with teaching Adam one on one, led her to become the Director of the Lawrence Sylvan Learning Center and to be promoted to District Manager over multiple centers in Kansas and Missouri. Her path changed to health care and insurance when her family asked for help with Kastl Plumbing’s health insurance. She found a Medical Savings Account (MSA- the precursor to the HSA) qualified plan for them. She knew she had to help others with this complicated task of finding affordable health insurance coverage, so she left Sylvan Learning Centers and took on this new education mission.

A Professional, not a Politician!

Beverly’s efforts in the area of health reform and her desire to help elect Republicans who believed in free-market principles led her being appointed to the State Executive Committee in 2012 and then being elected by her Republican colleagues as an alternate delegate to the 2012 Republican Convention.  In December, she was selected by the 3rd District Republican Delegates a State Delegate to the Kansas Republican Party.
Often when she has spoken at various events across Kansas, Beverly would be asked if she would consider running for Insurance Commissioner. This year, after prayerful consideration, she has agreed to take on this responsibility to bring her experience and expertise to this office to remove unnecessary barriers to competition and to bring her education background to teach Kansans about health insurance options and to protect them from unintended consequences of government regulation.
Beverly and Robert are the proud parents of four children who all graduated from DeSoto High School.   Bobbie is an editor of Inc Magazine in New York City. Clint is a CPA in Phoenix who is married to Chee-Chee Stucky, originally from Newton, a surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic. They are the parents of Beverly and Robert’s first grandchild, Winton. Victor is a singer, songwriter, producer and the worship pastor at Nexus Church in Olathe. Adam is a manager for Best Buy and newly married to Brianna Goldsmith who owns Xtreme Cheer, a Cheerleading/Gymnastics Studio in Grain Valley.


Beverly and Robert Gossage
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CONTRIBUTE

Keep Up the Momentum!

Beverly’s campaign will take the active support of Kansans all across the Sunflower State.   In order to win this important statewide campaign, Beverly Gossage needs your financial support!

You can donate one of two ways — online or through a traditional check.

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By Check: Send any donations to:

BEVERLY GOSSAGE FOR KANSAS 4920 LEGENDS DR, SUITE 3 LAWRENCE, KS 66049

Thank you for your support!


Legal Notice: Please note that state law limits contributions to $2,000 per person, per election cycle. Accordingly, a married couple is limited to a $4,000 contribution for the primary election, and $4,000 for the general election. The Kansas Campaign Finance Act requires that campaigns report the name and mailing address for each person who contributes over $50. For contributions over $150, the occupation and industry of the donor must also be reported.

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