Grand Traverse County Commissioners Vote to Pass Resolution on Michigan’s No Fault Auto Reform

The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners voted on Wednesday to pass a resolution to Michigan’s No Fault Auto Insurance Reform Act.

Many families of auto crash survivors are still being impacted by the act that was first signed into action in 2019.

Brittney Ruckle was in an auto accident at nine-years-old, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury. Her mother, Kris Ruckle-Mahon, spoke to Grand Traverse County Commissioners asking for their support.

Family caregivers are now only allowed 56 hours of paid care per week. Health aids and therapists are also receiving a 45% pay cut.

The resolution asks for Michigan’s No Fault Auto Insurance Reform Act to introduce a reimbursement cap, based on an existing government payor (such as Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, etc.) for residential care facilities, home health providers and families, regardless of the number of hours worked.

“By signing this resolution, you’re supporting this resolution and getting the word out to more to our Lansing elected officials that this needs to be changed, modified—a fix is so important, not only to Brittney’s future, but to so many other people who don’t know they need it yet,” said Ruckle-Mahon.

Ensuring 24/7 care for disabled family members has never been so difficult.

“My concern is not only the 15 years that we’ve done this, it’s the future accident victims that won’t receive the care that we’ve been blessed to have,” said Ruckle-Mahon.

Ruckle-Mahon says they will continue to spread the word and reach out to Michigan lawmakers until change can happen.