Governor wants no-fault overhaul before end of ’13

BY RICK PLUTA
Michigan Public Radio Network

Governor Rick Snyder said he’d like to see an overhaul of Michigan’s no-fault insurance law accomplished before the end of the year. Efforts to make auto coverage less expensive have stalled in the Legislature, largely over the issue of Michigan’s unlimited medical benefits for injured people.

Right now, Michigan is the only state to offer unlimited lifetime medical care to people injured in car accidents. Some lawmakers have been looking to cap those benefits. But the governor said there may be other ways to find savings that would bring down rates.

“I think there’s an opportunity to hopefully have people come back to the table, and be more open-minded on finding common ground and getting a solution in place,” he said. “I think almost everyone agrees the current system doesn’t work well.”

Bringing down auto rates in urban areas is considered one of the elements necessary to make Michigan cities more attractive.

The governor said he’s trying to bring together attorneys, hospitals, doctors and insurance companies in hopes of finding a consensus. The prospects for accomplishing a potentially controversial no-fault overhaul diminish in 2014 because it’s an election year.

A no-fault overhaul bill that includes a $1 million benefits cap is languishing on the state House calendar.

Copyright 2013, MPRN

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