Washtenaw County Commissioners Urge State Legislature to Completely Repeal No-Fault Automobile Act of 2019


Washtenaw County Commissioners have called for the complete repeal of the No Fault Automobile Act of 2019.

Commissioner Andy LaBarre wrote The resolutionwhich was adopted unanimously.

He said the law was doing a lot of harm.

“Serious and negative results for people who have essentially lost their protections with the putting in place of this law,” he said. “It’s drastic enough that we think it basically justifies doing it again.”

The no-fault law nearly halves payments to healthcare companies caring for patients in car crashes.

Providers go bankrupt, leaving many patients without care. There are more than 18,000 survivors with catastrophic injuries from car crashes who are at risk of losing some or all of their care.

Some of these patients have already died after being taken from their homes and placed in nursing homes.

The resolution notes that Republican leaders in the state said they would fix the law after it passed in 2019, but they took no action on any of the bills that were introduced to prevent people from losing their care.

This includes a bill to completely repeal the law introduced by Democratic State Representative Yousef Rabhi.

“This ‘reform’ was a tragic mistake from the start,” Rabhi said.

Health care provider lobbyists and survivor advocates say key lawmakers — namely state senators Mike Shirkey, Lana Theis and Aric Nesbitt, and state reps Daire Rendon and Jason Wentworth — are blocking any initiative to correct the law.

Lawmakers did not respond to a request for comment.

The law not only cared for thousands of survivors, it failed to reduce car insurance rates in Michigan.

The state is back to No. 1 most expensive for car insurance in the country, after briefly dropping to No. 2, according to the latest Insure.com Reportand most Michigan insurance companies plan to raise rates even further this summer, with some as high as 12%.

Insurance companies have also reverted to the practice of charging an additional penalty to people whose insurance coverage has expired.

In one example, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services approved an additional 20% rate penalty for people wishing to purchase coverage from Allstate after a period without insurance. The sanction went into effect in March.


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