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Capital Notebook
Monday, February 12, 2024

DIFS SAYS $19.5M RETURNED TO CONSUMERS IN 2023: The Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced Monday that it helped recover more than $19.5 million from a record number of consumer phone calls in 2023.

Officials Tout High Health Care Enrollment Among MI's Young People
Monday, February 5, 2024

Record numbers of young Michiganders are enrolling in health care through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, according to statistics presented by the Department of Insurance and Financial Services during a Monday press conference.

Health Insurance Marketplace Purchases Up 30%
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

More than 418,000 residents purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace, the most ever and a 30 percent increase from 2023, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday.

DIFS Touts More Insured Drives, But Reform Advocates Say Not So Fast
Friday, January 5, 2024

Michigan has had the largest decrease in the number of uninsured drivers since 2020, a study from the Insurance Research Council shows, but those who are critical of the 2019 auto no-fault changes say that the Department of Insurance and Financial Services fails to acknowledge what worked and the loopholes in the law.

Gongwer's Top Stories Of 2023: Legislative Action Dominates
Thursday, December 28, 2023

The first Democratic Party trifecta state government in 40 years , the tensions that arose as the ideological winds shifted and a landmark decision from the federal courts to throw out the adopted redistricting maps for the House and Senate all punctuated the year's top stories in Michigan politics.

Senate No-Fault Bill Takes New Criticism; Whitmer Still Wants A Bill
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The specifics of legislation to restore reimbursements to health care providers for care provided to survivors of catastrophic traffic crashes remains the subject of fierce debate.

Fox, Whitmer Announce Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regs
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Licensing requirements for pharmacy benefit managers set to take effect next year were announced Thursday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Anita Fox, which will include a $5,000 application fee and outside certification.

Governor Cites DIFS No-Fault Bill Opposition Following Vote
Friday, October 20, 2023

Proposed auto no-fault law changes could face a tough fate if sent to the governor's desk in its current form with the Executive Office citing the Department of Insurance and Financial Services' letter of opposition when asked Friday about Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stance on the proposed legislation.

No-Fault Medical Fee No Longer Applies To Prior Crash Survivors
Monday, July 31, 2023

A split Michigan Supreme Court on Monday struck down the retroactive component to the 2019 no-fault auto insurance medical fee schedule that set limits on reimbursements in the system, with a 5-2 majority ruling it does not apply to those injured before its passage.

Gasper, Hawks Leaving Administration
Friday, July 21, 2023

By the end of September, the turnover of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's departmental leadership will nearly be complete.

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