MHA Media Statement: We Are Cautiously Optimistic About Latest Effort to Reform Auto No-fault
Posted on June 07, 2018
The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO at the MHA.
As an advocate for Michigan hospitals and the patients, families and communities they serve, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association has been a strong proponent of Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system, which has ensured needed medical and rehabilitation benefits for people seriously injured in auto accidents since 1973. Simply put, without no-fault, most accident survivors would not be able to afford the care they require if they suffer traumatic injuries, particularly in cases where the injuries are catastrophic.
On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Insurance reported a legislative package addressing auto no-fault reform. We are encouraged to see that fraud is finally being addressed, which is long overdue in Michigan. In addition, the legislation ensures Michigan drivers and their families are not subject to caps on benefits and have access to the same high-quality coverage and services that they have come to expect with our no-fault law. With that said, the MHA has identified some areas in need of improvement, particularly when it comes to making sure senior citizens severely injured in auto accidents receive the care and services they need, many of which are not typically covered under Medicare.
In short, we are cautiously optimistic about the direction of the latest auto no-fault reform effort. We are encouraged by the fact that the bills do not institute benefit caps on Michigan drivers and their families or government-mandated fee schedules on healthcare providers. This legislative package represents a compromise the likes of which we’ve rarely seen in the decades-long battle over auto no-fault, and we look forward to working with elected officials on our areas of concern as the bills move through the legislative process.
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