A bill to reform no-fault auto insurance in Michigan may have failed in the House, but State Representative Scott Dianda says the effort to lower insurance rates is not over.
Dianda voted against the bill, arguing a reduction in Personal Injury Protection would have done next to nothing to reduce rates.
Dianda said, “That was only going to be a reduction on the PIP and, on average, that was going to be about $14 a month savings and we we’re giving up 80 percent of our benefits.”
Michigan residents pay among the highest auto insurance rates in the country.
Dianda says a bipartisan bill package would address the real problems.
“We want reductions in costs,” said Dianda. “We do not want to give up 80 percent of our benefits to be able to be put in a spot where if you do have an accident, that you go through bankruptcy and you lose everything that you’ve worked for.”
The bill package is currently being discussed in the House Insurance Committee.
Here is the statement Dianda released following the vote along with information on the current bill package:
LANSING — Today, Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives voted down House Bill 5013, which would make sweeping changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. In response, state Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement:
“I voted against House Bill 5013 because the changes in it would not save drivers money in the western U.P., or anywhere in Michigan unless you live in the city of Detroit. This bill would force drivers to accept reduced benefits and less coverage without promising them a significant long-term cut in the rates they pay for their insurance. The proposal voted on does not aggressively tackle fraud or claims handling abuse and it does nothing to require the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to be more open and transparent with the people. There is a bipartisan package of no-fault reform bills that deserves our attention because it offers real rate reductions while maintaining the benefits and care that car accident victims need. That Fair and Affordable Plan will give U.P. residents and drivers across Michigan the auto insurance reforms they deserve.”
Fair & Affordable Auto Insurance No-Fault Reform Package:
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