LANSING— The Whitmer administration stated Friday that Michigan has begun issuing $400 per-vehicle refunds to insured drivers, with checks arriving no later than May 9.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who called for reimbursements from the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association in November, said Friday that refunds had begun to be distributed.
Refunds are available to anyone who had a vehicle, motorbike, or RV insured by a policy that allowed them to operate in Michigan as of October 31, 2021.
The refunds are part of Whitmer’s and the Republican-controlled legislature’s 2019 car insurance reforms, which aim to reduce the state’s high rates by removing required lifelong coverage for auto crash victims and establishing new price limitations for medical treatment.
The improvements, according to Whitmer, have already reduced the cost of auto insurance for drivers.
“And starting this week, thanks to that reform, every insured driver in Michigan will receive a $400 refund check, putting money in their pockets.” “Whitmer stated the following. “We’ll keep trying to help Michiganders save money so they can pay their bills and feed their families.”
Auto insurers will automatically provide refunds to qualifying drivers in the form of checks or direct deposits, according to Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Anita Fox.
“If you are entitled to a refund, your car insurance company will deliver it to you instantly, and you will not have to do anything.” Incorrect information may create delays, so drivers should double-check that their insurer has their current address and banking information, according to Fox.
Fox also cautioned drivers to be on the lookout for possible fraud, such as scammers phoning consumers to obtain personal information.
“If you get a call asking for your personal information to get your refund, hang up and call your insurance agent or firm directly to check the legality of the call,” Fox added.
Jake Schlau, an Oak Park resident, said he hasn’t received his return yet but plans to reinvest it in future vehicle payments.
“It’ll cover my insurance for the next six months,” Schlau told Bridge Michigan.
Claire Abendroth, a Holt resident, said hers will be used for a down payment on a home.
Abendroth remarked, “(My husband) and I want to buy a house as soon as we can.” “We’ve been saving for a long and are getting close to having enough money for a down payment on a house.” It’ll be good to have the $400 to add to it.”
State officials advise eligible drivers who have not received their reimbursements by May 9 to contact their vehicle insurer or agent.