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After sustaining traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, No-Fault law allowed April M. to remain home, maintain her independence and raise a family. After suddenly losing access to home care and therapies due to Auto Reform, she contacted over 150 homecare agencies, but none would take auto cases anymore. Survivors like April are in urgent need of a state-wide directory of care providers who still take auto clients.
Michigan Interfaith Coalition is asking for individuals, faith-organizations, or friend-organizations to join the Coalition to learn more and do more about Michigan’s no-fault auto reform bill that took effect on July 2, 2021.
Legislators in Michigan signed the no-fault auto law reform bill into law in 2019. This law was aimed at lowering the state’s high insurance rates. The law, however, has had devastating impacts on thousands of crash survivors and medical-care workers in Michigan.
Crash survivors are having difficulties accessing medical care due to these new changes. Under the new law, any medical service not already covered under federal Medicare law, which includes in-home caregiving and transportations to medical services, will now only be reimbursed by insurance companies at 55% of what they were in 2019. The law also limits the number of hours that a family member can be paid to care for a crash survivor to 56 hours per week.
According to a 2021 report conducted by the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) and commissioned by the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), there are more than 18,000 Michiganders with catastrophic injuries currently receiving medical benefits from the auto no-fault policies that have recently been cut by this law.*
By joining Michigan Interfaith Coalition, you are helping to bring awareness to this crisis that is impacting Michigan families and their medical-care workers. You can join the Coalition and read more about their efforts at www.michiganinterfaithcoalition.org.
If you do not want to join, there are other ways you can help.