News & Urgent Action Alerts
Posted Apr 23rd, 2015
Dr. Mike Andary attended the House Insurance Committee hearing on Senate Bill 248 on Tuesday, April 20. Unfortunately he was not called to testify. This video details what he would have told the committee had he been called upon. Urgent Action Alert
Posted Apr 23rd, 2015
The House Insurance Committee today passed its version of an auto insurance reform bill on a party line vote despite strong objection from health care providers, legal experts and consumer advocates. Urgent Action Alert
Posted Apr 21st, 2015
CPAN legal counsel has issued its analysis of Senate Bill 248. Download it here.
CPAN's Summary Analysis of SB 248Urgent Action Alert
Posted Apr 21st, 2015
After barely 72 hours of consideration, the Michigan Senate, on April 16, 2015, passed SB 248, which, if enacted, will dramatically alter the Michigan auto no-fault system. This Bill would: (1) significantly reduce reimbursements to medical providers; (2) substantially limit attendant care benefits to catastrophically injured patients who are cared for at home; (3) create a new catastrophic claims commission for accidents occurring after the effective date of the legislation; (4) create a new insurance fraud authority; and (5) adopt a new test to determine if insurance premiums are excessive. CPAN believes this bill is seriously flawed, will create great instability in the Michigan auto no-fault system, impair patient access to medical care, seriously reduce revenue to the Michigan health care industry, result in a significant loss of jobs, and completely fail to reduce auto insurance premiums for the majority of Michigan citizens. The highlights of the Bill are attached.Urgent Action Alert
Posted Apr 16th, 2015
This quick analysis was shared with members of the media this morning at CPAN Media Round table.Urgent Action Alert
Posted Apr 15th, 2015
The Senate Insurance Committee today held a last-minute hearing to pass Senate Bill 248, which would significantly alter Michigan’s no-fault insurance system. Notice of the hearing was issued at 4:59 p.m. on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before today’s 12:30 p.m. hearing.
The legislation has four key features: it creates an auto insurance fraud prevention authority; creates a new catastrophic claims system; restricts payments for family-provided attendant care and imposes Workers Compensation fee schedules on auto injury claims.
“CPAN is deeply disappointed in the way today’s hearing was handled and the lack of due process that was given to such an important policy issue. It was not until the hearing began that even members of the committee were made fully aware of what was included in the legislation,” said CPAN President John Cornack. “The tens of thousands of accident survivors in this state who would be impacted by this bill deserve more than that.” Cornack noted until this point, CPAN had been holding positive discussions with members of the insurance industry over the past several months in an effort to reach consensus on legislative reforms, including family provided attendant care and fraud prevention. “Today’s actions were not helpful in advancing these discussions, and now the committee has taken a step backward,” said Cornack. “We are calling on the full Senate to take time to perform its due diligence and undertake a process that ensures robust feedback on this critical issue.”
Posted Mar 13th, 2015
The Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) and the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) have now filed supplemental briefs in the Michigan Supreme Court in the latest round of a major lawsuit that will determine whether the MCCA is exempt from the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and therefore excused from disclosing to the public information regarding the way it administers the state’s auto no-fault catastrophic injury system.
Posted Feb 6th, 2015
LANSING -- The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday in the case of Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault v. Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. The court order requests the parties to submit within 35 days supplemental briefs regarding the constitutionality of the statute that purports to exempt the MCCA from the Freedom of Information Act. Oral arguments will follow.
Posted Jan 5th, 2015
CPAN is still waiting to hear whether the Michigan Supreme Court will hear our case that seeks to bring transparency to the MCCA. This organization holds $17 BILLION collected from Michigan drivers. They have a right to know if those funds are being properly managed and how the rates are set. Read the full story in the Detroit Free Press.
Posted Dec 9th, 2014
The Uber ride sharing service is asking Michigan lawmakers to pass a bill that would give them special consideration for operating in Michigan. CPAN's legal counsel has joined the Insurance Institute of Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and several other companies in opposition to this bad piece of public policy.