Auto insurance

Lawmakers seek changes to Michigan auto insurance laws

Advocates are pushing state lawmakers to change the state’s auto insurance law.

Groups met as care providers for those seriously injured in car crashes said a 2020 revision to reimbursement policies prevented them from going bankrupt. Several bills have been introduced to address the problem, but have been stalled in the legislature for months.

Democratic State Rep. Yousef Rabhi says he’s had enough of the delays.

“Everyone knows and they see what’s happening across the state to their loved ones, their friends and even people they’ve never met before. So the temperature is rising and the elected officials are starting to pay attention “, he said.

A spokesperson for the House Republican leadership said committee leaders would decide whether any of those bills proceed.

Republican State Rep. Phil Green is among the sponsors of the bills. He says he should know more about the future of the effort by the end of the week.

“I work with different colleagues, I work with leaders and I expect them to be able to give me a path forward and what are my next steps to accomplish the passage of the bill,” said he declared.

Lawyers say the current law allows insurance companies to reimburse providers for less than the cost of care. They say this is leading to a potential collapse of Michigan’s home care industry.