LANSING — This evening, 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, and in response, state Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) issued the following statement:
“There is a way to lower our ridiculously high auto insurance bills without giving up our essential coverage. Discriminatory industry practices like redlining are plaguing the residents of our district. I’ve been one of Lansing’s loudest voices to eliminate non-driving factors that keep our rates high based on a person’s zip code, credit score or education level.
“I’ll soon be reintroducing my plan for Michigan to join the 20 other states that have banned a shady insurance industry practice called ‘price optimization,’ which prevents consumers from seeing rewards and discounts to which they might be entitled. I rolled out this plan last term but House Republicans never brought it up for a hearing.
"Instead, the Republican leadership today put up House Bill 5013 for a vote, claiming it would significantly reduce personal injury protection costs—but only if you give up current coverage. Their plan fails to address the rampant discrimination in billing that exists in and around our district.
"I voted against this plan and remain on the side of recovering car accident victims and future car accident victims — which, sadly, could be any one of us — who need their medical care protected. Thankfully, most of my colleagues today joined with me.”