Commissioners urge state lawmakers to act on auto insurance reform changes

The Huron County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution urging the state legislature to amend Michigan’s No-Fault Automobile Insurance Reform Act.

In the resolution, they want such changes to address a sustainable fee cap for home healthcare providers. This would serve to maintain benefits that have been paid by survivors who are currently receiving and will receive long term home care when purchasing an unlimited personal injury auto insurance policy paid for by Michigan Catastrophic Claims. Association.

Michigan’s No-Fault Automobile Insurance Reform Act of 2019, which went into effect July 1, 2021, introduced a fee cap that sets percentage limits on the amount that care facilities residential care providers, home health care providers and others may be reimbursed for providing care to motor vehicle accident victims.

These reimbursements represent 55% of the reimbursement rates that home care providers received in 2019, falling from $32 per hour to $12 per hour, which is unsustainable for those who continue to care for people. catastrophically injured in a car accident.

The new law also changed the duration of reimbursement for caregivers, the limit being set at 56 hours per week.

The law was passed to reduce auto insurance costs for Michigan drivers. This included not requiring drivers to obtain unlimited injury protection coverage.

Representatives of Grand Rapids-based Advisacare Home Health & Hospice spoke at a previous meeting of commissioners, bringing issues they and other providers have encountered to the board. They said that since the changes took effect, more than 40 home care providers have closed, with some of their clients being sent back to nursing homes.

State Rep. Phil Green had also been working on legislation earlier this year that would make other changes to the law, including creating a new fee schedule related to Medicaid and the Department of Veterans Affairs and doubling the time during which carers could be reimbursed. By mid-June, he had not left the committee.

The resolution will be forwarded to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Majority and Minority Leaders of the State House and Senate, members of the Huron County Delegation to the State Legislature, the Michigan Counties Association and 82 other Michigan counties.

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