(WXYZ) — Governor Whitmer signed the bipartisan no-fault auto insurance bill Thursday during the Mackinac Policy Conference.
The governor says the legislation will lower rates and provides choice in coverage.
“By signing this legislation, we are providing relief to millions of drivers across the state and guaranteeing a better auto insurance system for everyone,” Whitmer said. “This historic deal shows that, when we put party aside, we can find common ground on our state’s toughest issues to provide realistic and affordable coverage options for drivers across Michigan.”
For decades, Michigan has required drivers buy unlimited personal injury protection to cover them should they suffer a catastrophic injury. Now, drivers will be able to choose whether they want unlimited coverage or even no coverage at all. If they choose no personal injury protection coverage, analysts say drivers will save on average $1,200 a year. If they choose to keep unlimited coverage, they will save $120 a year due to new limits on how much health care providers can bill insurance companies.
“I am proud to have worked alongside Senate Majority Leader Shirkey, Senate Democratic Leader Ananich, Speaker of the House Chatfield, House Democratic Leader Greig, and all members of the legislature to solve a problem that has been hurting Michigan families for far too long. We still have more important work ahead of us, and I have no doubt that we can seize on this momentum to pass a strong, bipartisan budget that fixes the damn roads.”
Glad to have had the opportunity to work across the aisle to bring real reform to the people of Michigan.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) May 30, 2019