Governor will sign insurance bill

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign a bill to cut the country’s highest auto premiums following a landmark deal that was reached with legislative leaders and approved by large margins in the House and Senate.

The changes will follow a years-long impasse in the state over generous but mandatory health benefits that are included in every car insurance policy under a law that was enacted more than 46 years ago.

Starting in July 2020, drivers will be able to forego personal protection benefits entirely if they have health insurance such as an employer plan or Medicare. Other options will include sticking with unlimited coverage or choosing either $250,000 or $500,000 worth.

Insurers also will be prohibited from using several non-driving factors in setting rates, and health provider reimbursements will be scaled back.  (AP)

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