LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass. In response, state Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) issued the following statement:

“While it’s true that Michigan drivers deserve relief from high auto insurance rates, House Bill 5013 was not the solution. Capping benefits for drivers or passengers, even children, in the event of a serious auto accident could potentially bankrupt families, forcing them onto Medicaid and increasing the burden on taxpayers. Furthermore, the bill failed to address the many factors insurers use to artificially increase premiums, such as gender, marital status, geography based upon ZIP Code, educational attainment and credit scores. Although this bill didn’t pass, I hope we continue working toward a solution that will lower insurance costs without sacrificing health coverage.”