The Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) announced today that, the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors unanimously voted to expel the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) from its membership. The vote occurred after the close of the lame duck legislative session, during which MHA sought to broker a deal with the auto insurance industry that would have capped auto insurance benefits for uninsured children and seniors, cut family-provided attendant care for catastrophically injured auto accident victims, and created an unbalanced fraud authority.
“CPAN was created in 2003 for the sole and specific purpose of protecting the Michigan Auto No‑Fault Law as it was originally conceived and to preserve its promise that all seriously injured auto accident victims would be guaranteed lifetime coverage for all necessary medical and rehabilitation expenses. When it was first created, CPAN adopted a Statement of Principles to further define its objectives and the membership commitment that would be required of all persons and organizations who sought to join the Coalition,” said CPAN President John Cornack.
“During the last several weeks of the lame duck legislative session, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association violated those principles and breached that commitment by actively supporting and vigorously pursuing legislation that would have stripped thousands of seriously injured accident victims of their lifetime coverage. Legislation such as this is exactly what CPAN was created to vigorously oppose. CPAN has an abiding obligation to its membership to act decisively to demonstrate that it will remain true to its principles and its mission. That is why the actions of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association cannot be ignored,” said Cornack.
In taking this action, CPAN’s Executive Committee made it clear that CPAN would be willing to work with the Hospital Association with respect to any auto no‑fault proposals that were not inconsistent with the goals and objectives of CPAN.
“If anything, what happened during this lame duck session has galvanized CPAN’s membership to stay strongly united in its common commitment to find fair, long‑term solutions to improving Michigan’s auto no‑fault insurance system so that lifetime coverage for severely injured patients is not jeopardized,” said Cornack. He went on to say that “CPAN remains hopeful that MHA will take this opportunity to re‑commit itself to the patients served by the Michigan no-fault system and to act in their best interests to forever preserve, protect, and improve this critically important system of health care.”