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SPECIAL SECTION CAPP ON THE WATCH AND TO THE RESCUE Concerned Association of 54 Innovative Health - Summer 2016 Patients and Providers (CAPP) is an organization formed almost five years ago, dedicated to preserving Michigan’s auto No-Fault system, as well as protecting the entire auto no-fault community of victims, patients, and care providers. The past eighteen months has been like a roller-coaster for these important issues.. Early last year, in an amazing display of disregard for all the victims and the unfortunate victims-to- be, the state Senate passed Senate Bill 248 in fewer than 72 hours with a mere 21 votes. There was no testimony, no public hearings, and originally no public notice. With almost the same disregard for the public, the bill passed out of the House Insurance Committee. Thankfully, CAPP’s efforts to educate, working tirelessly with individual House members, were successful. We had 30 Republican representatives and the entire Democrat caucus say “No,” and prevent the devastation of SB 248. Fast-forward to January of 2016. CAPP raised the issue, along with the Department of Treasury, that revenues in state coffers had been going down at an alarming rate of $60-million a year over the past five years. It was discovered that legislation from 2012 inadvertently created a tax loophole that the insurance carriers were taking advantage of. At the time of passage, no one in state government was aware of this. We at CAPP immediately went to work with a strong message of “Close the Loophole, No ‘Reforms’ to No-Fault!” Representative Al Psholka introduced legislation to close the loophole. As strains on the state budget persisted, even the hardened insurance supporters Preserving No-Fault’s Protections /// BY MAT DUNASKISS knew that this loophole had to be closed. Throughout the month of May, the insurance coalition was engaged in full force to oppose closing the loophole with a plea of “Give us something!” to compensate for the $60-million from which they would no longer benefit. Their “something” went from fee schedules to caps to finally focusing on the unclaimed motorist fund. Late into the evening on June 2, the House passed legislation closing the loophole with none of the “reforms” the insurance coalition proposed. Two days later, the Senate substituted language including capping benefits for out-of-state motorists into House Bill 4224, again without hearing comment. This bill now sits and waits on the House floor. Our House members have spoken loud and clear. This is not how we do business! They have stood strong and said “No.” We hope they remain steadfast through the end of the year. The support of this publication greatly supports our efforts and contributes to our success! For further information on this bill, please visit our Facebook page CAPPmichigan; or e-mail me directly at mat@dunaskiss.biz. Mat Dunaskiss is president of Dunaskiss Consulting and Development and has been the legislative consultant for Concerned Association of Patients and Providers (CAPP) since the group began. Neurotrauma


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