JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 23, 2018 Private eye Chris Charow has seen hundreds of instances of exaggerated injuries, faked injuries and outright fraud that contribute to Michigan's highest-in-the-nation auto insurance rates. He photographs people who pretend to slowly limp across parking lots on their way to medical exams for no-fault insurance benefits. Hours later, Charow, 47, will spy these same individuals appearing healthy and injury-free as they stroll supermarkets or move around their driveway at home. And the visual props that they pulled out for the doctor's office — walkers, canes, cervical collars — have disappeared. He also has staked out physical therapy clinics and seen patients walk in and quickly exit only a few minutes later. Yet the clinics billed insurance for treatments that … [Read more...] about No-fault insurance fraud in Michigan: How they got caught
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Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 3:16 PM EDT Oct 9, 2018 Lansing — Out-of-work residents who were falsely accused of unemployment insurance fraud continue to suffer financial and personal consequences, say attorneys and advocates urging the Michigan Supreme Court to revive a class-action lawsuit. Justices will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon in a case that has major implications for tens of thousands of claimants who were wrongly flagged for fraud and penalized by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. The state relied on an error-prone automated computer system over a nearly two-year span beginning in 2013. “Five years later, we’re still seeing people who are filing for bankruptcy, losing homes or can’t pass credit checks,” said Jennifer Lord, an attorney representing the named plaintiffs in the suit. The agency reversed more than 40,000 determinations made by the computer system between October 2013 … [Read more...] about False fraud scandal goes to Michigan Supreme Court
The Detroit News Published 4:03 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 The percentage of African-Americans who own their own homes dropped in Michigan more than any other state, down to 40 percent from just over half in 2000, according to a report. Much of that decline was seen in Detroit, which until the early 2000s had some of the highest levels of black home ownership in the country, said Mark Treskon, a research associate with the Urban Institute. The Washington D.C.-based think tank issued the report Tuesday. "The city and the region was a destination for people to build wealth and equity," Treskon said. "The loss of that equity has really harmed the ability of region's residents to build wealth for themselves and their families to set themselves up for the future." In comparison, home ownership rates for whites state-wide dropped from 79 percent in 2000 to 76 percent in 2016. The burgeoning auto industry made Detroit a destination for job-seeking blacks nearly … [Read more...] about Black home ownership plunges in Michigan
Jonathan Oosting Detroit News Lansing Bureau Published 4:13 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 A series of new billboards in Detroit aim to jump start stalled auto insurance reform talks in the Michigan Legislature by sarcastically thanking lawmakers for sky-high rates. “Thanks, Lansing!” declare the advertisements, which promote a “driver’s choice” auto insurance reform plan similar to the one backed last fall by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. The legislation was rejected in the Republican-led House amid opposition from most Democrats. An advertisement at Adelaide and Gratiot near Detroit’s Eastern Market features a resident complaining his car insurance costs more than his car payments. Another compares rates in Chicago and Detroit, routinely cited as one of the most expensive cities in the nation for auto insurance. The billboards are paid for by Detroiters for Change, a non-profit that is not required to disclose donors and has ties to … [Read more...] about Thanks, Lansing: Billboards mock high auto insurance rates
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Wonkblog Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Jeff Stein by Jeff Stein Email the author May 8 at 3:20 PM Email the author Marbell Castillo, center, holds her granddaughter Maia Powell, who is insured through the Children's Health Insurance Program. Nurse practitioner Molly Lalonde gives the baby a checkup in Burke, Va. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) The Trump administration is asking Congress to approve a $7 billion cut to the Children's Health Insurance Program as part of a package to reduce a … [Read more...] about Are Republicans really proposing to cut funding for poor kids’ health insurance?