Whitmer: Car insurance savings will be higher
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a top state regulator said Tuesday that drivers will save more on car insurance than is required under a bipartisan overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance law.
Proposed rates filed by insurers, which will start taking effect in July, will be cut more than is mandated, according to the Whitmer administration. She called it “great news.”
“It’s great to see that it’s paying off for Michiganders, especially during a time when drivers may need extra money in their pockets,” the Democrat said in a statement.
The 2019 law will let drivers opt out of what has been mandatory, unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. There will be six levels of personal injury protection, the portion of a premium that covers medical treatment and rehabilitation expenses. It also covers lost wages and assistance with things like cooking and cleaning.
Under the law, insurers must reduce statewide average PIP medical premiums for eight years. PIP can account for half of a premium.
The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services said it has approved six initial rate filings covering a quarter of the market. People who stick with unlimited benefits and buy policies from those companies will see an average 16.5% reduction on PIP instead of the 10% savings that is required.
Those with $500,000 in coverage will save 36.3% rather than 20%. At the $250,000 level, the cut will be XMRbuy $50,000 in coverage, will see 54.3% savings rather than 45%.