Michigan Auto Reform changes PIP requirements
Michigan reforms auto insurance PIP coverage. Effective July 1, 2020, you can choose your insurance protection (PIP) options. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs the law changing PIP options effective July 1, 2020, more details on other changes can be found at the Michigan DIFS site. After this date, the only people who will be eligible for benefits through the MCCA after an accident will be the people who chose the “unlimited” option on their auto policies.
Michigan 5 New PIP options
- Unlimited PIP coverage (MCCA pays after the first $580,000)
- $500,000 PIP coverage option
- $250,000 PIP coverage option
- $50,000 – Medicaid eligible consumer’s option
- Opt-out of PIP coverage entirely, if you have separate health insurance that covers collision injuries. This option you need to be certain that your health insurance will pay because if they do not pay auto-related claims, you will have no coverage for your medical bills.
Insurance companies are required to reduce PIP premium rates and guarantee a reduction for eight years.
Michigan Required PIP Premium Reductions
- Unlimited PIP coverage option: 10% reduction
- $500,000 PIP coverage option: 20% reduction
- $250,000 PIP coverage option: 35% reduction
- $50,000 PIP coverage option: 45% reduction
- Opt-out of PIP coverage option: Individuals with Medicare or qualified health insurance will receive a 100% reduction on certain portions of PIP. The MCCA reduces the fee to $0 for the 2020 year.
Michigan options if you have no medical insurance after an accident
Without the unlimited PIP Choice, Michigan accident victims in Michigan will have the same choices as other states. Drivers will need to use one of the following options to pay medical bills.
- Sue, the at-fault driver for “excess” medical expenses under their policy.
- Place a claim with your health insurance policy, assuming they do not have auto accident exclusions.
- Apply for medical care from government plan Medicaid or Medicare;
- File a claim under an “underinsured motorist” or “underinsured motorist” with your insurance carrier.
- Pay the bill, or you may have to file for bankruptcy.
What are Michigan PIP Benefits
Michigan PIP coverage includes the following:
- All reasonable and necessary medical and rehab expenses
- 85% of lost wages up to the monthly maximum (currently $5,718/month) not to exceed three years
- Household replacement services, up to a maximum of $20/day, not to exceed three years
- If accident results in death, surviving dependents benefits for loss of income up to the monthly maximum not to exceed three years.
Finally, for more information on what the new Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association fee is, click the link for MCCA New Fee.