for immediate publication
March 7, 2022
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Governor Whitmer announces auto insurance checks will arrive in mailboxes starting this week
lansing, michigan. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) today announced that the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) will complete the transfer of $3 billion in excess funds to Michigan auto insurers. this week. Once complete, the transfer will trigger a 60-day window for auto insurers to send the required rebate checks of $400 per vehicle to eligible Michigan residents no later than May 9, 2022.
“These $400 rebates are a game changer for so many Michigan families,” Governor Whitmer said. “i requested these rebates because i am committed to lowering costs for michigans and putting money back in people’s pockets. they are possible because we worked across the aisle to pass bipartisan auto insurance reform, and we will continue to work together to grow our economy and build a state where families can thrive.
“after gov. whitmer asked mcca to issue these rebates and mcca announced its plan, difs issued guidance to auto insurers to ensure these rebates are sent out as quickly as possible, and in no time case after May 9, 2022,” said director fox. “Our goal is to make sure Michiganders understand the eligibility requirements and to help ensure this money gets into consumers’ pockets as quickly and safely as possible. difs stands ready to answer questions or help resolve any issues.” concern that Michiganders may have regarding their refunds.
in december 2021, mcca voted unanimously to respond to governor whitmer’s call and return approximately $3 billion of excess funds to michigans while maintaining approximately $2 billion in excess funds to ensure continuity of care for survivors of catastrophic accidents. michigan auto insurers must now issue reimbursements to eligible michigan policyholders of $400 per vehicle, or $80 per historic vehicle, for each vehicle that was insured under a policy that meets the minimum insurance requirements to operate a vehicle on Michigan highways beginning at 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2021.
Eligible consumers who do not receive their refunds by the due date should contact their auto insurer or agent. If consumers have questions or concerns that cannot be resolved directly with their insurer, they should contact difs by calling Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. m. to 5 p.m. m. at 833-ask-difs (833-275-3437) or by emailing [email protected]
To help Michiganders learn more about these rebates, DIFs has launched an FAQ page for consumers at michigan.gov/mccarefund. The webpage contains important information and answers common questions about the rebate schedule, eligibility requirements, and tells consumers what to do if they have questions or concerns about their rebate.