There’s been a lot of talk in the media about various initiatives in Lansing to address the future of Michigan’s Auto No-Fault law. Especially prominent is House Bill 4752. This bill calls for transparency and full disclosure by the MCCA – which is the entity that manages the $20 million fund that pays for medical care when drivers fall victim to catastrophic injury due to car crashes.
In an interview with Steve Gruber on The Steve Gruber Show (1240 WJIM), John Prosser II explains what’s happening in Lansing with this and other important initiatives that impact the fate of Auto No-Fault benefits for Michigan Drivers.
Last week, in an incredibly rushed effort, the Michigan Senate passed a bill that would dramatically limit services available to catastrophically injured people under Michigan’s unique auto no-fault law. Mitch interviews John Prosser and John Cornack as they discuss the impact the bill would have on individuals and their providers.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson presents a unified opposition against Michigan Auto No-Fault reform; calling the proposed legislation, "A pro-insurance industry, anti-victim piece of legislation".
In his comments, Mr. Patterson says that the 17 billion dollar fund, which was created by drivers and is used for caring for victims of catastrophic auto accidents, is sustainable and growing.
He articulates specific problems with the proposed legislation and suggests that it was written only in the interest of insurance companies.
Wayne Co. Executive Robert Ficano, Macomb Co. Executive Mark Hackel and Thomas Stallworth III representing the Detroit caucus, were also present; as were members of CPAN and representatives from the health care sector.
Mitch Albom covers a recent press conference held at Walk The Line to SCI Recovery, a rehab facility located in Southfield MI, in which key political figures spoke out against Auto No-Fault reform.
John Prosser speaks out on behalf of the Coalition Protecting Auto No Fault. Prosser says that the current system works perfectly and that proposed legislation would surely result in medical bills that would push victims into bankruptcy. He says, "Bankruptcy due to medical expenses punishes the whole family and leaves the victim to fall into Medicaid and suffer from neglect."
Laura Appel, VP of Federal Policy & Advocacy for MI Health and Hospital Association joins John Prosser II of Health Partners Inc. and Dr. Owen Pearlman in a discussion about the implications of insurance reform.