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BIAMI Announces Launch of ANF Survivor Fund to Accept Full or Partial Donations of $400 Auto Insurance Refund Checks
Fund will go toward medical equipment, transportation, home modifications, and other necessities for auto accident survivors
BRIGHTON, Mich.—(March 10, 2022)— The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) today announced the creation of the Auto No Fault (ANF) Survivor Fund to accept donations from individuals wanting to give all or a portion of their $400 no-fault driver refunds ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer back to injured auto accident patients.
“The growing crisis of care occurring as a result of the refusal to date of the legislature to fix the broken elements of no-fault reform has been well documented,” said BIAMI President and CEO Tom Constand. “As a result, we’ve heard from a growing number of individuals who understand where this ‘refund’ came from, and wish to give it back to those it was intended to help.”
The $400 checks will be distributed out of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association fund, which pays for the care of more than 18,000 critically injured Michigan drivers. The surplus is available because of the reduction in care for catastrophic victims passed as part of Michigan’s 2019 auto insurance reform, including a 45% cut in reimbursements for critical post-acute care.
A study commissioned by BIAMI and conducted by the nonprofit public health institute MPHI found that in just the first four months of implementation of the 45% cut in care, more than 1,500 patients had lost their care and more than 3,000 healthcare providers had lost their jobs. Hundreds of media stories have chronicled the plight of auto accident patients suffering under the new law, including some who have died from loss of care.
Constand said that individuals that meet an established set of criteria will be able to apply for funds through an administrative committee within the Association that will evaluate applications and determine recipients on a quarterly basis. The committee will also work with applicants to ensure they have exhausted all available means of securing financial aid.
“We envision the fund to initially provide assistance with things like durable medical equipment, transportation, home modification, prescriptions and the like,” Constand said. “As the fund grows, we will naturally be able to do more with more.”
Anyone interested in giving to the fund can visit BIAMI’s donation page and type “ANF Survivor Fund” in the box that reads “Please specify if your donation is for something specific.”
What is Brain Injury?
Brain injuries are complex and come with many unanticipated consequences. They can range from mild injuries that only require some rest and monitoring, to serious injuries that can result in permanent disability or death.
You learn that there are good and caring people in the world who want to see a TBI survivor thrive and prosper through their journey in life, as I have found with the staff and other survivors at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. They are a Godsend.