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Voters also support regulating medical bills for auto insurance claims

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan voters believe that it is more important to lower auto insurance rates than to keep the current level of medical benefits under our no-fault law, according to the results of a recent statewide survey conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG) of Lansing.

Sixty-six percent of the voters said it was “most important to lower insurance premiums in Michigan even if it meant reducing some medical benefits.” Only 23 percent of the voters thought it was most important to keep the current level of medical benefits.

In response to another question, 62 percent of the voters believed it is time to cap the level of medical coverage provided under Michigan no-fault, while 27 percent thought the coverage should remain unlimited. Michigan is the only state in the nation that mandates every driver carry unlimited medical coverage as part of his or her auto insurance program.

“Michigan voters strongly support placing limits on no-fault medical coverage if it means lowering their auto insurance premiums,” said Tom Shields, president of MRG. “They are overwhelmingly in support of stopping medical providers from charging more to patients based on who is paying the bill.”

In another question, 86 percent of the voters were in favor of requiring hospitals to charge auto insurance companies the same fees as they charge private health insurance companies and Workers Compensation for the same services. Only 13 percent opposed limiting the fees.

The poll questions were asked on behalf of Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, who has been developing a plan to reform no-fault insurance. An executive summary of the poll, with the full wording of the questions can be found by clicking here.

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Marketing Resource Group’s Spring 2014 MRG Michigan Poll was conducted March 24 through March 28. The poll was conducted by live professionally trained telephone interviewers. The random sample, consisting of 600 likely voters who indicated that they will be voting in the November general election, has a margin of error of ±4 percentage points or less within a 95 percent degree of confidence.

The cluster sample was drawn from a list of voters likely to vote in the November general elections, which is determined by their participation in previous statewide general elections. The individuals included in that list and their voting histories are updated monthly. The poll sample is stratified by statewide voter turnout and is geographically representative of general election voter turnout in Michigan. Twenty percent of the respondents are likely voters who live in cell phone-only households. Those respondents were manually dialed, contacted and interviewed on their cell-phones and they indicated that they do not have a land line telephone in their homes.

About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.

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