LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, issued the following statement after the Legislature approved historic auto insurance reforms during a special session on Friday:
“This has been a long time coming and I’m glad we were finally able to pin this down.
“I’ve discussed this issue with folks across my current Senate district, and for many years before that when I was in the House. The simple fact is working families are being priced out of driving.
“The bill passed today targets the many causes of our high rates and provides guaranteed relief for Michigan drivers who choose to adjust their coverage.
“Senate Bill 1 would give policyholders the choice to select coverage that best meets their needs and budget and would allow seniors with Medicare and individuals with private health insurance the option of having those benefits cover health care expenses from an auto accident.
“Like any other insurance, people should have a choice when purchasing auto insurance. The bill would allow people to choose the level of auto insurance coverage for the first time in nearly 50 years.
“My colleagues and I worked hard on this in the recent weeks, and I’m glad we were able to reach an agreement with the administration and get this done for Michigan families. They’ve deserved better for a long time now and I’m glad we were finally able to deliver that.”