Advocates Urge Action On Auto Insurance As Legislature Closes Up Shop

Like many 5-year-old girls, Annabelle Marsh, of Milford, likes to play with Barbies and baby dolls. Her favorite color is blue, and she likes to watch movies and play Guess Who.

Unlike most 5-year-olds, Annabelle is paralyzed from the neck down. When she was 3, she was in a car crash that permanently damaged her spine.

Annabelle said she remembers a bit about the car crash.

“They put me on a medicine to make me sleep,” she said. “When I woke up, I was talking to my mom, because she was crying. Because we got into a car accident, and we were at McDonald’s, and she was crying.”

Annabelle, along with other car crash survivors and their families, was at the Capitol on Tuesday as the Legislature adjourned for the year to advocate for changes to no-fault auto insurance.

In July, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the 2019 auto insurance overhaul did not apply reductions in the payments to catastrophic care clinics and those performing attendant care for injuries sustained prior to the law taking effect. But the ruling left the reductions in place for those injured – like Annabelle – after the law took effect.

“I want to see the end of this session, and let them remember that we’re here,” said Maureen Howell with We Can’t Wait, an organization that advocates for auto no-fault changes. “Listen to us.”

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