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In this month’s e-newsletter, you will find the following information:
- Upcoming Coffee Hours
- Auto No-Fault Reform Signed into Law
- Legislation to Protect the Medically Vulnerable Signed into Law
Upcoming Coffee Hours
One of my main priorities as your state representative is making sure I sit down with you to hear about the issues that matter to you most. Every month, my team and I hold events and meetings in the district where we discuss what’s happening in Lansing and your ideas for how we can make our community better. I hope you can join me at one of my upcoming coffee hours, held on:
Friday, June 21, 5-6:30 p.m.
7900 Mack Ave. in Detroit
Monday, July 15, 10-11:30 a.m.
Church of the Messiah
231 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit
Friday, August 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
2124 Michigan Ave. in Detroit
Auto No-Fault Reform Signed into Law
Last week, lawmakers in both the House and Senate came together with Gov. Whitmer to pass reforms to our auto no-fault insurance system to lower rates, create options for drivers and strengthen consumer protections. While Senate Bill 1 addresses some key issues that have been plaguing families and our state for decades, it is only a first step in fixing Michigan’s auto insurance problem.
In short, SB 1 offers five options for drivers on the level of personal injury protection coverage. Under the deal, keeping the current unlimited coverage option would guarantee a 10 percent rate reduction in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which makes up about 50 percent of a typical insurance bill. Among the five options is a 100 percent PIP price reduction for senior citizens and drivers who have qualifying health insurance, such as Medicare or private insurance. The rate rollbacks will last for eight years.
SB 1 will put an end to the use of some non-driving factors like gender, marital status, occupation, education level and home ownership status in determining our rates. The plan also increases consumer protections by cracking down on fraud in the system.
While the work on auto insurance reform is not done, this plan is a step forward for Michigan families and our state. It is far from perfect, but it’s a good first step. I have faith in my colleagues that the work will continue and that the flaws in this legislation will be addressed in the future.
Legislation to Protect the Medically Vulnerable Signed into Law
I am proud to say my first bill to pass the state Legislature was recently signed into law by Gov. Whitmer.
My House Bill 4130 was a part of a larger package that will protect medically vulnerable Michiganders that are incarcerated, giving them the freedom to access off-site medical care. These terminally ill, medically frail and elderly inmates pose no threat to society, and we do a disservice to our communities and our state budget by keeping them from receiving the offsite medical care they need. As the state corrections budget continues to rise as a result of providing inmates long-term medical care, this is a sensible reform to reduce our state budget while providing these Michiganders the medical care essential to their health and well-being. As the legislative session progresses, I will continue to work to advance policies that bring compassionate reform to our criminal justice system.
State Representative, House District 6