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Crash survivors still struggle to get treatment

LANSING, Mich. — It’s been a year since the most recent portion of Michigan’s no-fault automobile reform law went into effect in July 2021.

While the law was intended to reduce the state’s exorbitant auto insurance rates, it also impacted the care survivors of existing crashes were able to access.

According to CPAN, a group focused on preserving our old automatic no-fault system, at least seven people have died since the changes took effect, due to loss of access to certain care.

There are approximately 18,000 Michiganders currently receiving medical benefits from their no-fault auto policies.

A report, led by the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) and commissioned by the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), was conducted between September and October 2021.

According to their findings, 1,548 crash survivors have lost access to care since the most recent part of the no-fault reform took effect in July 2021.

3,049 healthcare employees lost their jobs.

96 care companies say they are no longer able to accept patients with no-fault auto insurance benefits, while 140 said they had to “significantly reduce” their services.

21 care companies had to close completely.

The Michigan Public Health Institute has been working on collecting data for a second report, to get a more up-to-date look at the impact of the new law.

This should be released in the next few weeks.

FOX 17 coverage of the no-fault car reform care crisis
May 17, 2021 — New law could have devastating consequences
June 2, 2021 — ‘We are paying the price with our lives’: FOX 17 extended coverage
June 9, 2021 — Hundreds of survivors protest at the Capitol
June 10, 2021 — Rep. Berman introduces bill to prevent cuts
June 23, 2021 — Lawyers gather again at the Capitol
June 26, 2021 — House approves $10 million fund
June 30, 2021 — Supporters say $25 million isn’t enough
July 7, 2021 — The family is afraid of losing their caregivers
July 23, 2021 — Suppliers begin to close
August 4, 2021 — Patients continue to lose care
September 24, 2021 — Changes Causing Chaos For Survivors
September 27, 2021 — ‘We Can’t Wait’ ArtPrize Entry Highlights Care Crisis
October 4, 2021 — Demonstration outside SML Shirkey company
October 14, 2021 — Some insurers do not follow the intent of the law
October 27, 2021 — Announcing a new set of bills
January 11, 2022— Report says no-fault reform has created a care crisis

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