No-fault auto patients cut off from care due to Lansing policy

NEW BOSTON, Michigan (WXYZ) – This week, Republican State House Speaker Jason Wentworth announced that he has finished considering repealing the 45% reduction in insurance coverage for survivors of catastrophic accidents.

Many patients tell 7 Action News that they were then informed that their healthcare providers were interrupting them.

Elizabeth Mack of New Boston showed WXYZ the letter she received from First Call Home Healthcare. The company wrote that it had sent a notice to 42 no-fault car insurance patients, telling them the company had lost more than $1 million caring for them. The losses came after lawmakers cut reimbursement nearly in half, by 45% in July 2021. First Call Home Healthcare says it is releasing self-care patients without fail beginning April 30.

This is just the latest notice Mack has received.

Alastor Home Care, LLC fired her in February due to the law change. She was then able to register with First Call for care, only to come to the same conclusion this week. It is not a sustainable business decision to serve auto patients without fail because reimbursement does not cover costs.

“I lost therapy. I lose my caregivers. I lose my freedom,” Elizabeth Mack said.

Mack says that after the law took effect, she also lost physical therapy which helped her maintain her physical health and she lost access to massage therapy.

“My daughter is paralyzed from the neck down. She doesn’t use her arms, her hands, her legs,” said Karon Mack, Elizabeth’s mother.

“It’s a lot of emotion. I’m worried about her,” said Michael Mack, Elizabeth’s father.

“Who will take care of me? Where will I go? It’s scary,” Elizabeth said.

So what does she have to say to the company that fires her?

“Thank you,” Elizabeth told Bob Mlynarek, co-owner of First Call Home Healthcare.

Mlynarek says he spent a lot of time in Lansing, pushing for a change in the law that would allow him to charge fair fees. He says the 45% cut makes him unable to pay carer salaries.

He says he made the decision this week because Republican House Speaker Jason Wentworth, who controls what gets voted on in the House, said he had no plans to change the law.

“I’ve spent an entire year reviewing all of the proposed ideas and working with our committee on options. They all return us to the old status quo or jeopardize Michigan Drivers’ Savings and Reimbursement Checks. At this point, it’s time to move on,” Wentworth said.

“We have the votes. Speaker Wentworth and Senator Shirkey will not allow a floor vote,” Mlynarek said.

“It’s a lot to take in. For two guys, it holds up. It’s tough,” said Michael Mack.

WXYZ asked the Insurance Alliance of Michigan, which lobbied for the 45% cut, what it wanted family-minded people like the Macks to know about the reform.

“Between now and May 9, seven point two million Michigan drivers will receive a rebate check for $400 per vehicle, which is only a portion of the savings realized in response to the reform,” Erin McDonough said. , Executive Director of Insurance. Michigan Alliance.

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