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Midland County committee sends auto insurance resolution back to board – Midland Daily News

Hope resident Terri Lee displays a photo of her mother, who has been struggling to access care after an auto crash, to Midland County Commissioners during a committee meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at the County Services Building in Midland. 
Midland County’s administration and operations committee sent a resolution, which includes language urging state lawmakers to amend the 2019 Michigan Auto Insurance Act, back to the county board of commissioners for another opportunity for a vote.
The resolution will now be considered for action on Tuesday, May 3 during the commission’s regular board meeting. The proposed document first appeared on April 12 before the committee. 
The 2019 law, among other things, repealed Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law and eliminated the requirement that mandated coverage must include a Personal Injury Protection provision that pays unlimited personal injury costs.
Midland County resident Terri Lee, of Hope, who is her mother’s caregiver, spoke before the committee members on Tuesday, April 26 and urged them to send the resolution back to the board for a vote.
“There’s no reason that you guys don’t have the decency to stand up and say, ‘This is wrong.’ … Nobody wants to help us, nobody,”  said Lee, holding a photo of her mother before the committee members. “She has no care. I’m her caregiver, 24/7 (with) no pay.”
Nick Long, CEO of NeuroCare Home Health, said the state government needs to find a solution to this issue. He said that he’s been visiting lawmakers in Lansing to urge change.
In the meantime, he said negative impacts are being felt in all Michigan communities. 
“We’ve beat our head against the wall in Lansing,” Long said. “We have continually hit the state legislature, over and over again.”
Commissioner James Geisler of District 5 suggested that Midland County should not be dealing with this resolution.
“You should be approaching the state people; this is a state problem,” Geisler said. “You should deal with them.”
Commissioner Scott Noesen of District 7 agreed with Geisler. However, he also said 20 out of 83 counties have signed off on a similar measure of support for reforming the 2019 law.
Before the item was returned to the committee again, the board cited “additional information” as to why the action item needed to be further reviewed.
On Tuesday, board members clarified that the added information was a 13-page packet titled “No-Fault Reform Update: How Data-Driven Reforms Have Lowered the Cost of Auto Insurance in Michigan” provided by the Insurance Alliance of Michigan as “information-only.” 
This item was not reviewed before attendees of the committee meeting on Tuesday. 
Tess DeGayner is a reporter for the Midland Daily News. She joined the Daily News after studying journalism and broadcasting at Central Michigan University. DeGayner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2021. She previously reported for WCMU Public Radio, the Traverse City Record-Eagle and the Tri-County Times – her hometown newspaper in Fenton, Michigan.


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