May 2, 2019
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MAIA Testifies Before House Select Committee
Yesterday afternoon, the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates met to hear testimony from the agent perspective on no-fault. The Chairman of the Select Committee, Speaker Pro-Tempore Jason Wentworth, invited MAIA to present before the committee. Your association continues to have a seat at the table as these important public policy decisions are discussed. 

MAIA Legislative Committee member David Walker and MAIA CEO Bev Barney testified on behalf of the association. Mr. Walker highlighted a couple of important issues from MAIA’s viewpoint in the ongoing no-fault discussions. 

Mr. Walker mentioned that MAIA supports cost containment measures within the no-fault system to reduce the cost of auto insurance. He noted that if a consumer were given a choice of PIP benefits, the lower levels of coverages would be quickly spent without cost containments. MAIA supports a fee schedule tied to Workers’ Compensation reimbursement levels and attendant care reforms, which are important components in bringing down the cost of insurance. 

PIP Choice continues to surface as an inevitable component of no-fault auto reform. Mr. Walker highlighted the importance of a consumer protection form, created by the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), which would require an insured’s signature and detail the level of PIP personal injury protection coverage chosen by an insured. 

The full committee hearing can be viewed here
Young Agent Shelly Biernacki of Macomb Insurance Mart and MAIA Director of Government Affairs Matt Wesolek (right) visited Senator Paul Wojno.
Agents Visit Legislators
Following the May Board of Directors meeting yesterday, members of the Board, Legislative and Young Agents committees visited the Capitol to meet with their lawmakers. At those meetings agents discussed no-fault and the recently introduced Agent Standard of Care Act ( House Bill 4520 ). The bill seeks to establish four clear conditions of standard of care required of insurance producers, and to codify recent court cases. There is currently no statutory standard of care clearly stating the responsibility of an insurance agent dealing with the consumer in the transaction of insurance. The bill would provide clarity to both consumers and agents.   
MAIA Officer Election Results
MAIA officer elections took place at the board of directors meeting. The following members take office effective September 1.

  • President: Doug Fairbanks, Hartland Insurance Agency, Hartland (pictured right.)

  • Vice-President: Will Lemanski, Meiers Lombardini Lemanski Insurance, East Lansing

  • Treasurer: Don Shampine, Michigan Insurance Group, Muskegon 

  • Secretary: Mark Elliott, Tawas Bay Insurance Agency, East Tawas    

Also serving on the MAIA officer team are the following members. 

  • National Director: Scott McBride, Mason-McBride, Troy (serving year 2 of a three-year term)

  • Immediate Past President: Ed LeBuda, Moulthrop-Clift, Bay City 

Speaking of elections, agency principals should have received via email an official notice of elections to the MAIA Board of Directors on Wednesday. Nomination Petitions are due to MAIA June 1. If you did not receive the notice, please contact Kari Quimby .
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