Publication of the 2nd report on the impact of changes to the law on non-liability


LANSING, Mich. — A survey released Thursday sheds light on the impact that changes to Michigan’s No-Fault Auto law have had on medical providers and the patients they serve.

It’s the second survey conducted by Michigan Public Health and commissioned by the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.

“The purpose of the survey is to track the long-term deterioration in care that is currently occurring,” said Tom Constand, president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.

“It’s a care crisis, and it has to stop.”

While the law was intended to reduce the state’s exorbitant auto insurance rates, it also impacted the care survivors of existing crashes were able to access.

According PRCa group focused on preserving our old automatic no-fault system, at least eight people have died since the changes took effect, due to loss of access to certain care.

Under the new law, which went into effect July 2, 2021, any medical service not already covered by our Federal Medicare Act, which includes home caregivers and transportation to medical services, will not be now reimbursed by insurance companies only at 55% of what they were in 2019. The law also limits the number of hours family members can provide care to just 56 hours per week.

There are approximately 18,000 Michiganders currently receiving medical benefits from their no-fault auto policies.

According to new report released on Thursday, 6,857 crash survivors were dismissed from local healthcare providers and 4,082 healthcare workers lost their jobs.

They found that 10 care businesses have had to shut down completely since the changes took effect, while another 14 businesses plan to close in the next 12 months.

You can see what they found during their first poll on this link HERE.

The changes impact people such as Laurie Oleksa’s 31-year-old son, Danny.

“As of June 30, 2021, we had a full complement. We had nurses who had been with us since he left hospital in 2004,” she said on Thursday.

The company that provided Danny’s home carers before June 2021 let them go after the changes took effect. They were then temporarily picked up by another company trying to help them.

She is currently going back and forth with a Livonia-based company, desperate to find caregivers for her son.

For now, she takes care of her son 24 hours a day, all by herself.

“So I’m usually able to lie down around 11:30 a.m., lie down until 12:30 p.m. when I have to get up and sound it out, go back to bed around 1:00 a.m., get up around 2:15 a.m., lie down down at 2:45 a.m., get up at 4:20 a.m.,” she explained.

It’s been like this since July 27.

The hope is that Lansing lawmakers pass legislation that will guarantee the care they were promised when they purchased and paid for their insurance.

Until then, defenders believe the situation will only get worse.

“We urge lawmakers to do something … We urge legislative leaders to listen, look at the facts and act,” Constand said Thursday.

“And finally, we encourage the Governor to do the same.”

FOX 17 coverage of the no-fault car reform care crisis
May 17, 2021 — New law could have devastating consequences
June 2, 2021 — “We are paying the price with our lives”: FOX 17 extended coverage
June 9, 2021 — Hundreds of survivors protest at the Capitol
June 10, 2021 — Rep. Berman introduces bill to prevent cuts
June 23, 2021 — Lawyers gather again at the Capitol
June 26, 2021 — House approves $10 million fund
June 30, 2021 — Supporters say $25 million isn’t enough
July 7, 2021 — The family is afraid of losing their caregivers
July 23, 2021 — Suppliers begin to close
August 4, 2021 — Patients continue to lose care
September 24, 2021 — Changes Causing Chaos For Survivors
September 27, 2021 — ‘We Can’t Wait’ ArtPrize Entry Highlights Care Crisis
October 4, 2021 — Demonstration outside SML Shirkey company
October 14, 2021 — Some insurers do not follow the intent of the law
October 27, 2021 — Announcing a new set of bills
January 11, 2022 — Report says no-fault reform has created a care crisis
July 1, 2022 — 1 year under the new no-fault automobile law

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