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As the fight rages on over the Michigan No-Fault Reform bills, protesters in Troy have hit the streets. They are asking lawmakers to leave their no-fault benefits alone. And they aren’t the only ones making noise.
On Friday, May 8, 2015, a group of protesters gathered outside the AAA headquarters to rally against Senate Bill 248 – the Michigan no-fault reform bill. Among other changes, the bill would limit attendant care benefits to 24 work hours per day. Protester Ziad Kassav told Fox 2 News (WJBK):
“Which sounds good but for someone who has two clients it doesn’t cover 24 hours a day, it’s cumulative. . . It’s going to give people enough to survive, just to survive. . . We don’t want people to just survive, we want them to live.”
A spokesperson for AAA Michigan disagreed. She said:
“Everything will be the same there’s no reduction In medical care. We just want to control some costs, the benefits will be the same.”
That’s not how the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHHA) sees it. The association estimates the legislation could cost them $1.2 billion a year. That’s based on a provision in SB 248 that caps medical compensation and link payments to Medicare payment schedules. According to Peter Schonfeld, senior vice president of policy and data, the MHHA opposes “government controlled prices” created by “tying Michigan to a federal program instead of it being a Michigan-based solution” – a system which he says has its own flaws.
Medical care providers like Chad Tuttle, president of Spectrum Health Continuing Care, are also nervous that the Medicaid payment schedules do not include certain treatments, like adult foster care. According to Tuttle,
“They (proponents of the bills) haven’t considered what the implications of that are like. . . They are going to cut a lot of the health care benefits for a lot of people.”
Nor do they appear to have considered where the savings from SB 248 will go. With a mere $100 per vehicle savings for customers over two short years, the true beneficiaries of these savings are the auto insurance companies. Instead, the MHHA is encouraging the legislature to create a balanced approach that benefits everyone involved.
It’s not too late to add your voice to the protests against Michigan no-fault reform and tell your Representative not to balance auto insurance profits on the backs of injured motorists. Contact your Michigan House Representative today and tell him or her to vote no on SB 248 and 249.
David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team help the victims of car crashes to get the benefits they need to recover. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.
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