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Travel insurance might cover a COVID cancellation now — or not

Details: Many times, travel insurance will have a medical benefit, which can range from $25,000-$100,000. And the plan can include emergency evacuation coverage and may cover certain medical costs.

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Director of Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency resigns

Details: The director of Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency, who dealt during the pandemic with a torrent of new jobless claims, including some fraudulently submitted by criminals, has resigned, the

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Blue Cross to give some rebates in fall, raise premiums in

Details: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan says it will issue 30% premium refunds in November to people with individual health insurance plans as a result of fewer claims during the coronavirus pandemic

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Michigan's new auto insurance system: How to get cheapest

Details: "The insurance companies make more money if you stay with the higher rates," Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a recent televised town hall presentation about the new system. "That’s why they

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As many as 1 million Michiganders lost insurance: How to

Details: As many as 1 million Michiganders may have lost health insurance coverage in the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, announcing a $1 million investment to help them get coverage.

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Watch replay: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talks auto

Details: Insurance companies, insurance agents, doctors and lawyers make money off the higher rates, Duggan said. None are going to go out of their way to explain how residents can benefit off the reform.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield to issue premium refunds because of

Details: The refunds are similar to those announced earlier this spring by auto insurance companies, which saw a decline in accident claims starting in mid-March when drivers began staying home.

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Allstate lawsuit: Michigan medical clinics ran no-fault

Details: The insurance companies contend that fraud is rampant in Michigan because of the state's unique no-fault system, which provides potentially unlimited medical and in-home benefits after an accident.

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Detroit Free Press - Breaking news, sports, business

Details: Detroit Michigan news - freep.com is the Detroit Free Press. News about Detroit, as well as headlines and stories from around Michigan.

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Despite deaths, injuries and recalls, deployed air bags

Details: A typical air bag deploys at 200 mph, said Becky Mueller, senior research engineer with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. People have been hurt by them. And, in recent years, millions of

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Will no-fault auto insurance reform save drivers money

Details: The Insurance Alliance of Michigan, an industry group, denounced the report's analysis as "bogus and deeply flawed," and called it "the latest in a long line of false claims, distortions and

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How scammers are using unemployment claims to cash in

Details: The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is warning residents of the possibility that criminals will file impostor claims. “No personal data from claimants has been stolen from UIA

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Wait, you still haven't received your tax refund in September?

Details: I responded immediately by suggesting that she contact the IRS National Taxpayer Advocate helpline at 877-777-4778. Wilke told me that she called the number and waited on hold for 30 minutes or so.

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Surprise out-of-network medical bills now illegal in Michigan

Details: The insurance company is to pay the provider either the median negotiated amount in the region for the medical service or 150% of what Medicare would pay — whichever amount is greater.

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Not all Michigan auto insurance companies are doing

Details: Editor's note: This story was updated to include new information from Geico. Many Michigan auto insurance companies are still deciding whether to give refunds or price adjustments to customers

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Veterans with just VA benefits can't opt out of no-fault

Details: The new auto insurance system also raised the minimum purchase requirements for bodily injury liability coverage to $50,000 per person injured or killed/$100,000 per accident if several people are

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After Michigan's no-fault overhaul, health insurance costs

Details: Half of all Michigan residents get health insurance through an employer, and roughly 60% of them are with a self-funded employer, according to U.S. Census Bureau data and Michigan insurance experts.

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Coronavirus and Medicaid: Health insurance coverage after

Details: As the coronavirus pandemic ravages businesses across the country and unemployment claims increase, many employees who are laid off will need to find new health insurance. Here's one option that

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Coronavirus and health insurance: Options if you've lost

Details: Insurance companies vary in support offered to members in response to COVID-19. However, all Michigan insurers will cover the cost of testing for the virus, as announced earlier this month.

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GM salaried employees get 'direct-to-employer' health care

Details: Nationwide, corporations such as Boeing and Whole Foods have rolled out direct-to-employer insurance plans as a strategy for controlling health care expenses. Ford Motor Co. tried a similar

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Michigan drivers due partial auto insurance refunds, state

Details: LANSING — All Michigan auto insurance companies must give partial premium refunds or waivers because people are driving less during the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said Monday.

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New unemployment claims fall in Michigan as extra $300

Details: New unemployment claims dropped nationally. Last week, over 860,000 people filed for benefits, making a total decrease of 33,000 new claims.

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Michigan: Certifying unemployment claims on Monday it

Details: "The day of the week you certify doesn’t impact benefit amounts," Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Steve Gray said. "And by spreading out the certifications you’ll keep the

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Blue Cross reverses decision, will pay for knee arthritis

Details: More recent research involving more than 86,000 Humana insurance patients suggested that knee injections add millions of dollars a year in unnecessary costs because patients will ultimately end up

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Mitch Albom: The awful 'new normal' of Michigan's auto no

Details: [ Opinion: There's one big problem with Michigan's no-fault auto insurance reform ] She and Donald gathered Amora and raced her to the hospital. The driver, a male, had stopped briefly.

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Michigan's top court says Macomb County can alter retiree

Details: “The court's ruling simply allows the county the flexibility to go to the insurance marketplace to secure the best rates possible while delivering the same retiree health care services well into

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No-fault reform could raise car insurance rates for some

Details: Farmers Insurance, one of the few insurers to make its rate filing public, said in a statement that "the vast majority" of its customers will see average savings of 2% to 2.7% under the new rates.

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No-fault insurance fraud in Michigan: How they got caught

Details: Insurance companies generally don't call her firm until they suspect something fishy with a claim. About 95 percent of all the claims that Boudreau's firm investigates turn out to be fraudulent or

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There's one big problem with Michigan's no-fault reform

Details: Insurance industry representatives concede that no-fault reform isn't guaranteed to cut costs, noting that increases to other portions of a customer's bill could offset savings generated by no

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No-fault claims fee to drop 55% under new Michigan law

Details: The new law also guarantees eight years of savings of between 10% and 100% in the personal injury protection (PIP) portion of the auto insurance bill, depending on what level of medical coverage

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Insurance companies, MSU in talks over Nassar settlement

Details: Nearly 18 months after Michigan State University sued about a dozen insurance companies in an effort to get them to pay a record-setting settlement with survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual assault

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The faults in no-fault: How lawsuits, medical bills help

Details: Insurance companies blame lawyers; lawyers blame insurance companies Lawyers insist they are forced to file lawsuits to make recalcitrant insurance companies pay what is due to victims.

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Fact-checking John James on Gary Peters’ committee attendance

Details: James’ campaign staff said the numbers refer to Peters’ service on the House Small Business Committee and the Congressional Executive Commission on China, which he joined as a senator in 2015.

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Motorcyclists claim unfair treatment under Michigan auto

Details: LANSING — Motorcyclists are upset and seeking a fix to what they consider a dangerous defect in Michigan's new auto insurance system that took effect in July and limits injured motorcyclists

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Union ad mischaracterizes John James’ view on preexisting

Details: “When insurance was a voluntary, competitive market not subsidized, insurers were masterful at cherry-picking,” says Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Michigan House passes rate relief for no-fault auto insurance

Details: Prohibiting insurance companies from using non-driving factors, such as credit scores, gender and ZIP codes — was a big requirement for Democrats. And an amendment was added to the bill

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Why does Michigan still have no-fault car insurance?

Details: No-fault insurance was a small nationwide trend in the early 1970s, and many predicted that the system would lower car insurance premiums — but the opposite ultimately occurred.

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Turning 65 can cause Michigan auto insurance premiums to spike

Details: Insurance industry officials say that Kimbel's experience may be more extreme than most, but that many Michigan motorists see significant hikes in their no-fault auto insurance premiums once they

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What to know about Michigan's new deal on auto insurance

Details: Insurance companies also could still use age as a factor when determining rates. The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services would have the authority to weigh in on those territorial

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The Chrysler Pacifica is the lightest minivan on the market

Details: The extra steel in the front is designed to help the Pacifica pass the small overlap frontal test -- a difficult crash standard adopted a few years ago by the Insurance Institute for Highway

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Homeowners, college borrowers see some breaks in

Details: The ongoing coronavirus crisis leaves many who face job cuts and layoffs wondering how they're going to pay the bills. Day by day, we're hearing about more strategies that can help over time.

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Mitch Albom: The ugly truth of Michigan's no-fault reform bill

Details: When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proudly signed the new auto no-fault insurance reform bill last week, she did so in broad daylight with the power elite on Mackinac Island. Too bad the bill itself was

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Michigan unemployment: Federal government OKs extra $300

Details: The Unemployment Insurance Agency estimates about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits through the program. It allows for existing Unemployment Trust

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Michigan auto insurance: Whitmer orders audit of fund

Details: The fee, which covers medical claims above $580,000, is added to drivers' insurance premiums. The latest increase brings the fee to $220 per vehicle.

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Michigan unemployment benefits: How to navigate state's

Details: Furthermore, the Unemployment Insurance Agency was staffed to handle about 2,000 calls a day, not the 175,000 it received Thursday. An executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday

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Michigan Senate passes auto insurance options for seniors

Details: The biggest change would allow insurance companies to offer senior citizens two options for auto insurance coverage: $50,000 in coverage for health care costs and then their Medicare insurance

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Breaking Benjamin returns to metro Detroit on 2020 summer tour

Details: Breaking Benjamin announces 2020 summer tour with Bush, Theory of a Deadman, Saint Asonia and Cory Marks, including DTE Energy Music Theatre stop.

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Change to Michigan no-fault auto insurance would reduce

Details: The plan, which was approved by the Senate Insurance Committee on Tuesday morning on a party-line 7-3 vote, would let drivers forgo personal injury protection coverage, which has driven up auto

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High-tech features on new cars drive up auto insurance rates

Details: The Insurance Information Institute also blames higher rates on distracted driving, more drivers on the road during the economic recovery, faster driving and, in some states, legalized marijuana.

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