MHA Media Statement on Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's State of the City Address
Posted on March 06, 2018
The following statement may be attributed to MHA CEO Brian Peters.
In his March 6, 2018, state of the city address, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he is going to keep pushing for changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault system. We agree that drivers need rate relief, but as we have stated throughout the many years we have faced the no-fault debate, we also need to protect the access to care, treatment and services for those patients who are catastrophically injured in an auto accident.
With that said, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and its members are dedicated to working with the insurance industry and elected officials to find solutions that we know can impact auto insurance rates. These include addressing the fact that the frequency and severity of insurance claims related to auto accidents are higher in Detroit compared to statewide averages; getting fraud out of the system; and ensuring medical best practices are in use by all providers.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association has been offering to sit down and work on meaningful auto insurance rate reduction since at least 2011 – we’ve never turned down an opportunity to work together on solutions, and our willingness to engage in those discussions is open-ended. However, we must approach the issue of auto insurance premiums in a responsible way that will not risk accident survivors’ access to needed care and services and addresses the true drivers of higher premiums.
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