Gov. Whitmer, House Republicans at Odds Over Car Insurance Reform
05/13/2019- Legislation aimed at cutting Michiganders’ car insurance costs moves forward, but its fate if it hits the Governor’s desk remains unclear. Representative Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain says the House Bill passed last week establishes a fee schedule for medical procedures and guarantees lower rate on the personal injury protection portion of policies by allowing drivers to select their own coverage level or opt out of that coverage entirely. The Senate has already passed a similar measure. If the Senate concurs with HB4397 it will be sent along to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but she’s already promised to veto it, because, according to LaFave, she’s holding out for a gas tax increase. LaFave says that’s where they’re at an impasse.
Michigan is the only state to require all drivers to buy unlimited medical coverage. House Republicans said their plan could save residents $120 to $1200 annually.