Gov. Whitmer announces $3B in refunds for Michigan drivers

Drivers are expected to receive checks in the second quarter of 2022.
Gov. Whitmer announces $3B in refunds for Michigan drivers
Gov. Whitmer announces $3B in refunds for Michigan drivers(Governor Whitmer's office)
Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 6:25 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - In a move aimed at putting money back into the pockets of Michigan drivers, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced on Tuesday that the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) has acted upon the governor’s call to return surplus funds to Michigan policyholders and will begin the process of refunding $400 per vehicle to Michigan drivers immediately.

“These refunds and the recently announced statewide average rate reductions are lowering costs for every Michigan driver,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Michiganders have paid into the catastrophic care fund for decades, and I am pleased that the MCCA developed this plan so quickly after unanimously approving my request to return surplus funds to the pockets of Michiganders. We are working together to put Michigan drivers first, and I am directing DIFS to ensure that the MCCA and Michigan’s auto insurance companies accurately, fairly, and promptly issue these refunds.”

Drivers are expected to receive checks in the second quarter of 2022.

Eligible consumers do not need to take any action in order to receive a refund. The surplus funds will be turned over by the MCCA to the insurance companies operating in Michigan by March 9, 2022, and the insurers will be responsible for issuing checks to qualified policyholders. DIFS will direct insurers to issue refund checks to consumers as diligently as possible, but no later than 60 days after the transfer of funds.

“The Governor and I called for these refunds because we recognize that this surplus money belongs to Michigan drivers, and we need to put it back in their pockets,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “These refunds are a major win for all drivers—especially Detroiters—who have paid the highest insurance rates in the nation for decades. There is still work to be done, and Governor Whitmer and I will continue to take action in the best interest of Michigan drivers.”

Last month, Gov. Whitmer called on the MCCA to issue refund checks to consumers from its estimated $5 billion surplus, which the MCCA voted unanimously to issue. The surplus and refunds are thanks, in part, due to the historic bipartisan auto insurance reform signed into law by Gov. Whitmer in 2019.

“DIFS stood with Governor Whitmer in calling upon the MCCA to return surplus funds to Michiganders with auto insurance, and we applaud the MCCA for taking the necessary next steps to deliver the largest refund possible to drivers while maintaining the viability of the fund,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “In the coming months, DIFS will work to ensure that refund checks are issued to Michigan consumers as quickly as possible.”

The MCCA’s analysis concluded that approximately $3 billion of the surplus could be returned to policyholders while guaranteeing continuity of care for auto accident survivors. The refund plan sent to DIFS on Monday by the MCCA will return money to every Michigander who had an auto insurance policy in force as of 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2021.

That deadline and further guidance to insurers will be detailed in a bulletin to be issued by DIFS in the near future.

More information about the auto insurance reform law, including the uninsured driver amnesty period, which expires before January 1, 2022, can be found HERE.

Frequently asked questions, tips for shopping for insurance, and an insurance locator to help find licensed agents are also available.

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