The annual auto insurance fee Michigan drivers pay toward caring for people catastrophically injured in crashes is rising to $170, a $10 increase.
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced Monday the new per-car assessment for the 12 months starting July 1. It increased by the same amount last year.
The Livonia-based group collects funds to reimburse insurers for personal injury protection claims exceeding $555,000 per claim. It paid $1.1 billion in 2016, mostly for brain and spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures, and back and neck injuries.
The association says about $140 of the total will cover anticipated new claims and $26 will address a $1.9 billion estimated deficit for existing claims. Another 40 cents goes toward administrative expenses. The assessment increased by $10 as a result of rising claims costs.
Currently, the MCCA has assets of $18.8 billion and liabilities (present value) of $20.7 billion, which results in an estimated deficit of $1.9 billion (present value), or more than $268 per insured car.
Michigan is the only state requiring drivers to buy unlimited medical benefits.
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