Rep. Frederick: Greater than anticipated savings in store for Michigan drivers under new no-fault law

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State department, insurance industry accelerating toward July 1 rollout

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today announced the first wave of rates approved by state regulators under terms of Michigan’s new no-fault car insurance law indicate substantial savings are in store for drivers.

“As Michigan moves closer to the launch date of our reformed car insurance system, the first approved rates indicate Shiawassee and Saginaw County families and residents across the state will see savings that surpass the mandated rate reductions outlined under the new law,” said Frederick, who serves on the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates.

Of the rates filed to the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), six have been approved, representing a quarter of the state’s car insurance market. The aggregated data on the approved rates show – on average – statewide personal injury protection (PIP) savings exceed the mandatory savings outlined under Michigan’s new no-fault law that’s set to take effect July 1, 2020.

“July 1 is approaching quickly, and it’s refreshing to see progress made by the department – even during the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak – to ensure insurance providers are effectively transitioning into a new structure that provides more affordable products for every Michigan driver and their families,” Frederick said. “While these are the first rates to be approved in preparation for the upcoming rollout of the new no-fault law, I expect several more rate approvals to come in the near future that mirror these substantial savings.”

Below is a comparison of the PIP rate rollbacks mandated by state law compared to the average savings approved by DIFS:

• Unlimited PIP coverage – 10 percent savings mandated by state law, 16.5 percent average savings approved by DIFS.
• $500,000 in PIP coverage – 20 percent savings mandated by state law, 36.3 percent average savings approved by DIFS.
• $250,000 in PIP coverage – 35 percent savings mandated by state law, 41.9 percent average savings approved by DIFS.
• $50,000 in PIP coverage – 45 percent savings mandated by state law, 54.3 percent average savings approved by DIFS.
• Michigan drivers who opt out of PIP coverage will see up to a 100 percent savings in that portion of their policies.

“The rates approved by the department speak for themselves,” Frederick said. “I appreciated working with the governor and legislative colleagues on this bipartisan effort to deliver guaranteed rate relief for Michigan families. Like any major overhaul of this magnitude, we will need to revisit this law to clean up important lingering questions that need to be addressed including how already-announced MCCA fee reductions relate to these savings. In the meantime, this is great news for drivers to look forward to come July.”

Information regarding Michigan’s new no-fault car insurance law that takes effect July 1 is available by visiting www.Michigan.gov/AutoInsurance.

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