Detroit News: Whitmer, GOP Leaders Talking Amid Auto Insurance Impasse, Veto Threat

Posted on May 14, 2019

A May 14 article in the Detroit News examines the negotiations between legislative leaders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer regarding two proposals that would end Michigan’s unique promise of lifetime medical benefits for injured motorists, allowing insurers to sell reduced coverage policies but reduce personal injury protection premium rates for five years.

Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the MHA, discussed hospitals' growing concern with the bills' institution of a government-mandated fee schedule for medical providers based on workers' compensation rates in Michigan. The MHA estimates that the fee schedule could cost Michigan's safety net of Level I and II trauma centers a combined $325 million a year. There are 41 such facilities in Michigan, including pediatric specialty centers.

In the article, Appel points out that the proposed workers’ compensation fee schedule for crash victims with auto insurance would “barely over the cost of delivering care and we would argue does not keep up with the increasing cost of pharmaceuticals and technology,” she said.

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