Brandon Dillon: No-Fault Legislation is Bad for Michigan

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Brandon Dillon: No-Fault Legislation is Bad for Michigan

HB 4936 was recently voted out of committee and makes substantial changes to Michigan’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Law. HB 4936 would cap the amount of Personal Protection Insurance (PIP) that drivers can buy. In addition to limiting PIP benefits, the bill also puts limits on homecare services, creates a fee schedule for hospitals and doctors, includes a $50,000 appropriation to prevent a voter referendum on the bill, and would push victims to Medicaid for their care when their insurance coverage runs out. These changes could cause serious hardship for seriously injured drivers and their families. The bill proposes to change homecare benefits for injured persons currently receiving them which would be very difficult for these people and their families. The bill also includes an appropriation of $50,000. Michigan voters have always been able to go to the polls and vote to repeal a law through a voter initiated referendum as long as the law they are trying to repeal does not include an appropriation of money. It is unfortunate that HB 4936 includes this money and keeps residents from having their say on this issue.

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November 22nd, 2011|