In the darkness of 2am, a [Silent Crash] was put in motion ...
PA21 and PA22
The Legislation Causing Catastrophe
In the dark of a May 2019 night at a hastily called legislative session, PA21 and PA22 passed the House and Senate in Michigan. On July 2, 2021, key parts took effect - to the devastation of thousands.
Those key elements gutted no-fault auto insurance - the program that Michigan drivers have paid into since 1973. If a Michigan driver was in a catastrophic car accident and needed ongoing medical care past what the initial insurance covered, that fund paid for it.
It's a promise Michigan made to its paying citizens.
This isn't tax money.
It's money those drivers paid into the fund through their insurance companies every year.
With PA21 and 22, Michigan survivors of catastrophic auto crashes suddenly got their benefits cut by a whopping 45%.
That’s 45% less in services they need to survive.
It also limited the hours that these survivors can get care to 56 hours per week.
So far, 41 provider businesses have had to close their doors. They can't provide care at these new rates.
More are closing every week.
Survivors are being dropped off in Michigan emergency rooms and nursing homes by family members who are desperate to keep them alive and well.
Five have already died.
Senator Mike Shirkey says he wants to "wait and see what happens" before doing anything to reverse breaking the promise of care that Michigan drivers paid for since 1973.
The fund has $23 billion in it.
There's plenty of money. This care didn't need to be cut.
But cut it they did.
And now people are suffering.
They are dying.
It has to be fixed now.
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The more who do, the more those legislators know that the Silent Crash they caused is becoming a roar that cannot be ignored.
Lives depend on it.
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Free, Easy Ways to Help in This [Fight for Life]
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About [Silent Crash, the Podcast]
SILENT CRASH: Stories of the Quiet Unraveling of Michigan's Auto Nofault and the Destruction of Lives is a podcast show available on all major podcast platforms. We're recording stories from the patients impacted, their families, elected officials, and experts in Michigan's Auto Nofault Program.