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. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) issued the following statement:

“As a former firefighter, I’ve seen firsthand the kind of devastation and injury that can result from a serious auto accident. The people affected by these collisions often need a lifetime of care, and that’s what makes Michigan’s no-fault system such a blessing. That being said, Michigan drivers pay extremely high rates for auto insurance, and working families need relief. However, House Bill 5013 isn’t the answer. I can’t support instituting lifetime coverage caps limiting benefits that could cause Medicaid bills to skyrocket and force people into financial ruin. Now that this bad bill has failed, it is time to consider the bipartisan Fair and Affordable No-Fault Reform package, which lowers insurance rates without sacrificing the coverage so many people depend on. That is what my constituents want and that is a plan I can support.”