ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court will take on the car insurance case as drivers may have to repay a portion of the $400 refund they received from their insurance companies in 2022.
The new law puts caps on what medical providers can charge those catastrophically injured before 2019.
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association put out a bulletin that says everybody will be charged a minimum of $48 to a max of $122 per vehicle starting in July of 2023 because of an anticipated deficit.
“For what, one time,” said DJ Kraniak.
The fund is the same one that paid out checks of $400 to every Michigander in 2022 who had auto insurance because of the change to the auto no-fault law.
“An accountant didn’t do the math correctly, and now we have to pay it back because of their mistakes,” Kraniak said.
One of the most significant changes in that new auto no-fault law is headed to the Michigan Supreme Court for a final say. The new insurance law put caps on what medical providers could charge, which put those like Chalisse Wilson’s brother Clarence Wilson in a bad situation.
Clarence Wilson was catastrophically injured in 2008, and the new fee schedule put his current provider out of business.
“Sometimes you know you talk to people and they just don’t get it because they are not living it,” said Chalisse Wilson.
Patients sued, and the Michigan Court of Appeals said the fee caps should not be applied to those receiving care before 2019, when the new law was passed.
Now, the insurance industry is suing and taking the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court.