LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) should deliver refund checks to Michigan drivers after it reported a $5 billion surplus earlier this year.
Whitmer wants the group in charge of that money to deliver refund checks. Not everyone agrees with her.
“The over $5 billion surplus accumulated by the MCCA belongs to Michiganders and should be put in people’s pockets immediately with a refund check,” said Whitmer. “As we stay-laser focused on growing our economy and ushering in a new era of prosperity we need to use every resource we have to help people thrive. A refund check to working families will help us continue to put Michiganders first and drive down costs.”
A portion of insurance premiums fund the MCCA, which helps cover catastrophic injuries. The private nonprofit has concerns about the amount Whitmer is requesting.
“At $5 billion -- that is all of our surplus so there’s no cushion in our reserves for anything going back. We would have deficit position - then we would have to raise our rates,” a spokesperson for the MCCA said.
Auto insurance reforms signed by Whitmer in 2019 removed mandatory no fault coverage. Two years later drivers said their premiums haven’t gone down.
The owner of SKF Insurance said there’s a risk to issuing refunds early.