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Appeals court sides with accident survivors

The scene of a fatal car crash outside Burns, Ore., earlier this month.
Oregon State Police via AP
The scene of a fatal car crash outside Burns, Ore., earlier this month.

Some severely injured car crash survivors are cautiously celebrating a decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Many survivors say 2019 changes to the state’s auto no-fault law cost them medical care because of cuts to providers’ reimbursement rates.

Now…a split appellate court says making the new law apply to those hurt before the law took effect would violate the state constitution.

Anita Fox leads the state Department of Insurance and Financial Services. She says the debate is over the cost of treatment…not access to it. “For right now, the opinion itself doesn’t have an impact on anybody’s care. We’ll have to see what happens later. And in any event, nothing should change about what an accident victim’s entitled to.”

A group representing insurance companies says an appeal to the court’s decision is coming.