Auto Insurance Bills Changed To Require $100 Premium Cut

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Auto insurance legislation advancing in Michigan’s Republican-controlled Legislature has been changed to require a $100 cut in premiums initially.

The House Insurance Committee on Thursday made the amendment to a bill that won Senate passage a week ago. The panel also voted 9-6 along party lines to set a fee schedule so health providers could charge auto insurers no more than 150 percent of what Medicare pays.

Republicans are trying to contain costs to treat people injured in car crashes, including those catastrophically hurt.

Auto insurers say they’re unfairly charged much more than private and government health plans. Opponents including hospitals and Democrats say the legislation is flawed and would hurt patients in the only state to require unlimited medical benefits for injured motorists.

The measure heads to the House.

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