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Insurance loophole will strip care away

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:54 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Car accident survivors are fighting a battle at the state Capitol. Two provisions of a new auto insurance law will go into effect in a matter of weeks, and they could mean the end of coverage for people permanently injured in car accidents.

In 2019 lawmakers passed the auto reform bills, but now they’re saying they didn’t realize there would be unintended consequences.

“They’re supposed to pass bills that are for the better of the people. This is not for the better of the people,” said car crash survivor Linda Euashka.

Starting July 1, insurance company payments to care providers will be cut almost in half. There will also be a cap of 56 hours a week on attendant care services.

That means people who are already disabled from car accidents will be losing the lifetime medical care guaranteed to them under the old state law.

“It’ll be all on family. Well that comes down to my wife because we have grown children, but my wife also has a full time job... She may have to quit her job in order to take care of me,” said car crash survivor Scott VanSumeren.

“I don’t think any of us had a great understanding of that. Now we do,” said Senator Curtis Hertel, (D), Lansing. “I’m not faulting anyone for the vote. I voted for the original bill, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t try to go back and fix the mistakes that you made.”

There are bills in House and Senate committees that would fix the problems, but they still haven’t had hearings.

73 current and former lawmakers are asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to rule that it’s unconstitutional to apply these provisions retroactively.

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