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Michigan Governor Signs Overhaul to Cut High Auto Premiums

Michigan Governor Signs Overhaul to Cut High Auto Premiums

Created: May 30, 2019 01:54 PM

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law an overhaul of Michigan's car insurance system that will let drivers forego unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries.

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The Democratic governor signed the bill Thursday at the Detroit Regional Chamber's policy conference on Mackinac Island. She was joined by lawmakers and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Whitmer says it's a "historic day" because the cost of auto insurance will go down.

Michigan has the country's highest average premiums.

Whitmer says the law - which will begin to take effect in July 2020 - will lower personal injury protection rates, give people choices and ban insurers from using discriminatory non-driving factors to set rates. She says the bipartisan deal provides momentum for other initiatives such as fixing the roads and closing a skills gap.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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