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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 16:24

Ionia County, MI, Legislators' Share Thoughts on Auto Insurance Reform

Written by Elisabeth Waldon, Daily News
From left to right, Sen. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland, and Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, spoke about auto insurance reform during Thursday’s Ionia County Republican Party meeting. From left to right, Sen. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland, and Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, spoke about auto insurance reform during Thursday’s Ionia County Republican Party meeting. Courtesy of Daily News / Elisabeth Waldon

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“The thing about zip codes that people don’t really think of, the risks of driving in Ionia County are different than that of Kalamazoo or Flint or the city of Detroit,” Albert noted. “More people in the car equals more risk. That’s why where you live matters. That’s why it was addressed in our bill and I think it’s fair.”

 

TURF WAR?

 

Kyle Butler, Ionia County prosecutor, mentioned Attorney General Dana Nessel’s comments last week regarding the House and Senate auto insurance bills. According to the Detroit Free Press, Nessel called the bills “a gift to criminals” and said they would gut her office’s efforts to reduce auto insurance fraud.

 

“Is her concern valid, I guess is what I’m wondering?” Butler asked.

 

Calley’s husband, Brian Calley, was present in the audience and weighed in on this.

 

“It’s a turf thing,” the former lieutenant governor said. “It’s an authority that rests with the Attorney General now and it would be moved. You do have to keep in mind that the Attorney General has very directly said that some laws if she doesn’t think she agrees with, she’s not going to enforce."

 

“This is clearly a priority of the legislature, so naturally they want to make sure it is enforced,” he added.

 

AUTO INSURANCE REFORM PLAN PROPOSED BY MICHIGAN HOUSE

 

LOWER RATES

 

People who choose to opt out will see 100% personal injury protection (PIP) rollback and save an average of $1,200 per year.

 

People who choose the $50,000 option will see 80% PIP rollback and save an average of $960 per year.

 

People who choose the $250,000 option will see 60% rollback and save an average of $720 per year.

 

People who choose the $500,000 option will see 30% PIP rollback and save an average of $360 per year.

 

People who choose unlimited (no change from current) will see 10% PIP rollback and save an average of $120 per year.

 

LOWER MEDICAL COSTS, BETTER CARE

 

A new fee schedule prevents widespread abuse and patients being forced to pay three or four times what a medical service actually costs.

 

New, higher standards for specialists require national accreditation to protect consumers.


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