Urgent Action Alert
News & Urgent Action Alerts
Posted Jun 18th, 2015
Lansing – A bi-partisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill today and would subject the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to the state’s transparency laws. The MCCA is a critical component of Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system that acts as a reinsurance fund for Michigan auto insurance companies, reimbursing them for catastrophic injury claims above $545,000.Urgent Action Alert
Posted Jun 10th, 2015
In an effort to address the problem of excessively high auto insurance rates in Detroit, SB 288 was recently introduced by Senator Virgil Smith. The Senate Insurance Committee passed two amendments to this bill, which is currently referenced as SB 288 (S-3). This bill gives Detroit
residents, as well as residents of any city where more than 35% of its residents are uninsured, the option to purchase a stripped-down auto no-fault insurance policy that is not legal to sell to any other Michigan citizens. This type of substandard no-fault policy is referred to as a
“Qualified No-Fault Policy.”
These substandard no-fault policies contain drastic limitations in coverage and benefits compared to that which is available under a traditional Michigan no-fault insurance policy. That means people insured under these substandard policies will have second-class auto
insurance compared to other Michigan citizens. Moreover, such policies are likely to have significant negative consequences statewide. The main features of SB 288 (S-3) are described in this summary.
Posted Jun 9th, 2015
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan presented today a feasibility study detailing the savings of Senate Bill 288, the low-cost “D-Insurance” auto insurance proposal. In response to this bill CPAN President John Cornack issued the following statement:Urgent Action Alert
Posted Jun 8th, 2015
CPAN's press release following the Senate Insurance Committee Meeting on June 3rd that resulted in a vote on SB 288, Mayor Duggan's D-Insurance Bill. The bill passed out of committee by a 5 to 3 vote and is now on the Senate floor with a vote anticipated during the week of June 8th. To read CPAN's Analysis of the D-Insurance bill, check the CPAN website Urgent Action Alerts.Urgent Action Alert
Posted Jun 1st, 2015
After barely 72 hours of consideration, the Michigan Senate, on April 16, 2015, passed SB 248. The Insurance Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives amended SB 248 and voted SB 248(H-3) out of committee on April 30, 2015. SB 248 (H-3) (hereinafter “the Bill”) is now pending in the House of Representatives. The 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 the 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 summarized is this document.
Posted May 18th, 2015
This is a brief outline of the components in SB 248 (H-3) as passed out of the House Insurance Committee on April 23, 2015
Posted May 14th, 2015
Here is CPAN’s summary analysis of the most current D- Insurance proposal being offered by Detroit Mayor Duggan. Members of the CPAN Executive Committee recently met with Mayor Duggan and Butch Hollowell (Detroit’s Corporation Counsel) to discuss CPAN’s concerns with the proposal. CPAN remains committed to working with the City to address its high auto insurance rates, as well as advocating for all Michigan drivers for affordable auto insurance.
Posted Apr 29th, 2015
Health care providers, elected officials say legislation
drastically cuts reimbursement for treatment of accident victims
ROYAL OAK – Supporters of auto no-fault, including many survivors of catastrophic auto-accident injuries, today filled the concourse at Beaumont Hospital to urge lawmakers to protect health care services for victims of catastrophic auto accidents and put the brakes on legislation that is speeding through the Michigan Legislature.
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.