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Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to Co-Host Virtual Auto Insurance Town Hall

Media Contact: Laura Hall, 517-290-3779, halll17@michigan.gov
Consumer Hotline: 833-ASK-DIFS, autoinsurance@michigan.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 10, 2020

(LANSING, MICH) The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Director Anita Fox and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) Director Zaneta Adams will co-host a virtual auto insurance town hall to answer veterans’ questions about Michigan’s new auto insurance law.

The new auto insurance law gives drivers new choices for policies issued or renewed after July 1, 2020. Some of those choices are impacted by drivers’ health insurance coverage, and the live town hall will explain those choices and what they mean for those with veteran and military health care coverage.

Event Information: To attend the virtual town hall event, click the event link at its start time. Instructions for attendees are available and explain how to join an event and ask questions.

Veterans are strongly encouraged to consider their insurance needs and budget and to consult with an auto insurance agent, an insurance company, or a financial advisor when selecting an auto insurance policy.

On Sept. 2, DIFS issued Bulletin 2020-37-INS, which advises veterans and their dependents that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has determined that enrollment in VA benefits does not qualify as Qualified Health Coverage under the new law because it excludes or limits coverage for injuries related to motor vehicle accidents. This means that consumers cannot use VA coverage to exclude Personal Injury Protection medical coverage from their auto insurance policies.

Michigan’s new auto insurance law lowers average statewide costs for Michigan drivers, maintains the highest coverage options in the country, and strengthens consumer protections. For policies that issue or renew after July 1, 2020, drivers need to determine the amount of coverage that best suits their needs. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/autoinsurance.

DIFS continues to operate its dedicated, no-fault hotline 833-ASK-DIFS (275-3437) with calls being answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers can also email autoinsurance@michigan.gov or visit www.michigan.gov/autoinsurance for more information.

About the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services: The mission of the Department is to ensure access to safe and secure insurance and financial services fundamental for the opportunity, security, and success of Michigan residents, while fostering economic growth and sustainability in both industries. In addition, the Department provides consumer protection, outreach, and financial literacy and education services to Michigan residents. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/difs or follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: Created by Executive Order in 2013, MVAA’s mission is to be the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. The agency works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, state departments, county agencies, and community and veterans service organizations throughout the state. The agency operates the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center, a 24/7/365 call center in partnership with Michigan 211. By calling 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) veterans, family members and service providers can get information and access a comprehensive network of resources and services. Learn more at MichiganVeterans.com.

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