Stamas: MCCA fee increase example of need for auto insurance reform

Senator highlights new ‘IfMiRatesWereLower’ website

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday said the announcement by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) of a nearly 15 percent increase in its assessment illustrated the need to reduce the cost of car insurance in Michigan.

“Our state’s highest-in-the-nation car insurance rates are straining family budgets and holding back our economy,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This fee increase will only make the cost of auto insurance worse, and it illustrates the need for action to make auto insurance more affordable while ensuring that drivers receive necessary medical care if they are in an accident.”

The MCCA announced on Wednesday that its assessment on auto insurance companies will increase by $28 on July 1 from $192 to $220. The increase will ultimately be passed on to drivers in the form of higher rates.

“The Senate is taking the lead on reducing burdensome car insurance costs facing Michigan families, and there is now an easy way for residents to let their voices be heard,” Stamas said. “A new website has been launched to allow drivers to let policymakers know what reducing auto insurance rates would mean to them.”

Residents can tell their stories about what lower auto insurance rates would mean to their family at www.IfMiRatesWereLower.com.

“I encourage drivers to submit their stories as we continue to work on achieving much-needed relief through comprehensive reform that adds flexibility, combats fraud and reduces costs,” Stamas said.

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