Hearings to open on no-fault insurance bills
Legislative hearings are expected to begin this week on bills supporters say would fix problems with Michigan’s 2019 auto insurance law
Advocates say the bills would improve access to medical care and make services more affordable for car crash survivors with catastrophic injuries. Those changes are meant to address the effects of a 2019 law were signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The law has proven controversial as thousands of patients have lost coverage and patient advocates say at least 14 people have died. The insurance industry says it saves ratepayers money.
Whitmer has not endorsed the plan but has said she’s willing to look at possible improvements to the law. Patient advocates have called for changes while the Insurance Alliance of Michigan has warned tinkering with the fee structure could make auto coverage unaffordable for many drivers.