In the wake of the demise of the Duggan-Leonard-Theis No-Fault insurance plan, lawmakers must make realistic, conscientious strides to lower premiums, preserve benefits
Michigan No-Fault Insurance Reform: Everything you need to know
The Michigan No-Fault reform debate is a perennially important, controversial and complex topic.
That has never been more true than this year – 2019 – when a new No-Fault auto insurance law brought about sweeping, fundamental changes that will affect every driver in Michigan.
The new Michigan No-Fault law – about which we provide a great deal of information below – addressed such issues as coverage levels for No-Fault PIP medical benefits, allowing drivers on Medicare to opt-out of No-Fault medical coverage altogether, savings for drivers, fee schedules for doctors, rules for independent medical examinations, eliminating non-driving factors such as sex, marital status and homeownership, the mini tort and higher minimum liability limits.
Our attorneys want to provide you with all of the information you need to understand the vital rights that are at stake under the new No-Fault law and any future proposed Michigan No-Fault reform efforts, and how such changes – when and if enacted – would affect you and your families on the roads.
To stay informed about the most recent Michigan No-Fault insurance reform proposals and changes – and what they mean for you – please be sure to follow us on our Michigan Auto Lawyers Blog.
Michigan No-Fault Insurance Reform: Legislature Updates
Both were signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and are now officially known as Public Act 21 of 2019 and Public Act 22 of 2019, respectively, with an effective date of June 11, 2019.
Below I discuss – and I link to discussions about – the most important aspects of the new No-Fault law that drivers, car crash victims and consumers need to know about.
As new Michigan No-Fault reform proposals are introduced in the Michigan Legislature, I will be following them and analyzing them on my Michigan Auto Lawyers blog. I will also be updating this page.
Michigan’s new No-Fault auto insurance law affects car accidents with pedestrians in a very specific way.
Learn how motorcyclists’ insurance coverage rights are affected by the new No-Fault law.
What do out-of-state drivers who are driving in Michigan need to know about their rights – and obligations – under the new No-Fault law?
Our attorneys do a deep dive into whether Michigan drivers can expect to see real savings on their car insurance under the new No-Fault law.
The new No-Fault law imposes specific hourly limitations on in-home, family-provided attendant care.
The new Michigan No-Fault bill passed today and now the debate over whether and how to reform the 45-year-old law is over. Here is what you need to know.
Find out how the new No-Fault law changes drivers’ ability to pay to repair their vehicle damage.
Gov. Whitmer has announced that a deal has been reached on Michigan No-Fault insurance reform. Get her statement and more.
Significantly, on May 7th, MLive quoted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as saying that “If this bill [Senate Bill 1] comes to my desk, I will veto it.” And on May 9th, the Detroit Free Press reported that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wasn’t “interesting in signing” either SB 1 or HB 4397 “in their current form.”
A little after 2am today, May 9th, the Michigan House of Representatives passed their own version of Michigan No-Fault insurance reform on a 61 to 49 vote.
Senate Bill 1 was passed by the Senate on a 24 to 14 vote on Tuesday May, 7th. Learn the main points of the bill as passed by the Senate.
Senate Bill 1 was introduced by Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) on Tuesday, January 15th. Get the details on what was proposed in the bill.
Health insurance study further undermines Michigan No-Fault plan to use benefit caps to steer car accident victims toward health-insurer medical coverage
Insurance-backed Republicans on committee betting that promises of savings in bill will be too tempting for full House to resist
Duggan-Leonard-Theis reform plan, HB 5013, gives auto insurers more “excuses” for insurance companies to deny, defend, delay No-Fault benefits to hurt car crash victims
Duggan-Leonard No-Fault reform bill allows insurance companies to harass doctors who treat injured car crash victims through denial of payments, claims of improper over-utilization, refunds — even threats of criminal charges
Uncertainty of payment and insurer harassment under Duggan-Leonard-Theis No-Fault plan will scare doctors away from treating injured auto accident victims
Shouldn’t drivers pay 95% less if the Duggan-Leonard-Theis plan is going to allow the insurance companies to slash No-Fault PIP coverage by 95%, instead of letting the insurance companies pocket the difference at taxpayers’ expense?
Just one lawyer, speaking for himself, supports Duggan-Leonard plan. All other auto accident lawyers unanimously reject Duggan-Leonard-Theis plan
Flaws and false promises of Duggan-Leonard No-Fault reform plan exposed
Campaign contribution data shows House Insurance Committee Republicans who favor Michigan No-Fault insurance reform have received $253,075 from insurance industry
Car insurance savings come at big cost, including $150 million shifted onto taxpayers, a “$25,000 bridge,” and admission that there will be no savings for $500,000 and unlimited No-Fault cap options by Theis
For the most seriously injured car crash victims who need attendant care based on a doctor’s 24/7 prescription for safety, Duggan-Leonard want to cap No-Fault attendant care at 2 days max
How can Duggan, Leonard’s No-Fault Driver’s Choice Plan work with a $25,000 cap that fails to even cover the average No-Fault medical claim or one year of wage loss benefits?
Detroit Mayor says $250K No-Fault PIP Cap, but the truth is $25K is it for car crash victims. “Cornhusker Kickback” of $225K is for the big hospitals for acute emergency care only after car accidents
Car accident attorney analyzes key aspects of Driver’s Choice Car Insurance Reform plan advanced by Detroit Mayor Duggan and House Speaker Leonard
Michigan auto insurers collect $330 million and $150 million more in premiums for collision insurance and comprehensive insurance than they pay out in benefits
We deserve to know the No-Fault insurance savings from Michigan No-Fault reform before politicians in Lansing take away vital benefits and legal protections
Talking Michigan No-Fault reform with L. Brooks Patterson
Watch the full discussion in this series of videos as attorney Steven Gursten talks about the benefits of Michigan No-Fault reform with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.