Lawmakers Consider No Fault Insurance Changes

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – We all have to pay for car insurance, but state lawmakers are considering making major changes to how it works in Michigan.

Those supporting changes to the no-fault insurance system held a meeting at the Capitol Thursday, but they were met by people who protested the idea outside.

6 News Alexis Rosado was on the scene getting both sides of the story.

“We are here with a reasonable solution, $700 million in savings a year.”

Senator Joe Hune and other legislators in favor of Michigan’s No Fault Reform Bill gathered near the Capital Thursday, hoping to straighten out the facts.

Lawmakers in support of the bill claim that lower insurance rates are the focus.

“So let me tell you that Michigan law only mandates that you buy personal protection so i have never paid collision on my automobile, if you looked at my car you’d know why, and I think we need to impact what is mandated by state law and this is what we are doing,” said state senator Joe Hune, (r), Brighton.

The public was not allowed inside the news conference, but they did gather outside.

Natalie Kottman survived a car accident 11 years ago, she has a spinal injury and needs on-going rehabilitation, she’s afraid of what will happen if the bill passes.

“It will impact it a lot because the insurance companies will be able to dictate what I need, or in other words what’s necessary,” said Natalie Kottman, opposes changing auto insurance laws.

Other points made about the bill Thursday involved caps on reimbursement for collisions.

“There’s no way you can put a cap on somebody because how can you say there life’s not worth being back to the way it was before, you know, you can’t do that,” said Denise Copeland, opposes changing auto insurance laws.

But according to the discussion by legislators this morning, they claim any medical bills over $545,000 will be paid directly by the new Michigan Catastrophic Claims Corporation.

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