MHA Statement: Detroit Mayor Duggan's State of the City Address

Posted on February 21, 2017

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Feb. 21, 2017

Contact: Laura Wotruba, lwotruba@mha.org

MHA Statement on Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's Auto Insurance Proposal

The following statement can be attributed to MHA CEO Brian Peters

In his State of the City address, Mayor Mike Duggan expressed his continued concern over the price of auto insurance premiums for Detroiters. Mayor Duggan also challenged the value of Michigan’s model no-fault insurance system, which provides drivers and their families with the medically necessary care and living services they need when catastrophically injured in a car accident.

Michigan hospitals are united around a single goal: to provide the safest, highest quality care to every patient that comes through our doors – and every day, our caregivers see and feel the value of Michigan’s no-fault program when they’re treating car accident survivors. There is simply no evidence that cutting medical benefits for millions of Michiganders, or hundreds of thousands of Detroiters, will lead to lower premiums.

Instead, we should work together to find solutions that we know can impact auto insurance rates. These include addressing the fact that the frequency and severity of insurance claims related to auto accidents are higher in Detroit compared to statewide averages; getting fraud out of the system; and ensuring medical best practices are in use by all providers. We must approach the issue of auto insurance premiums in a responsible way that will not risk accident survivors’ access to needed care and services and addresses the true drivers of higher premiums.


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Tags: auto no-fault, d-insurance, no-fault, auto insurance, Duggan

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Contacts:

Media inquiries: contact Laura Wotruba at (517) 703-8601. 

Other inquiries: email communicate@mha.org

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