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Women pay more in MI for auto insurance than men

Women pay more in MI for auto insurance than men”

Michigan's Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault is announcing the results of a study the finds auto insurance companies are discriminating against drivers based on their gender and marital status. To get the quotes, he kept factors such as the address, type of vehicle and annual miles constant, and tested drivers with ideal driving records. The study, released by Michigan's Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) also found some insurers charging women significantly more for vehicle insurance than men.

Among drivers with a clean record, women are charged rates up to 30 percent higher than men, according to the study.

CPAN alleges the actions of these insurance companies are illegal, citing a portion of law that states "An insurer shall not establish or maintain rates or rating classifications for automobile insurance based on sex or marital status".

The Insurance Alliance of MI, which represents insurance companies, said the study misses the real issues that drive up rates in MI: fraud and medical fees. Do women pay higher rates than men simple due to their gender?

"Some of the companies explicitly ask the prospective customer if she is a widow and if she checks the widow box instead of the married box on the web questionnaire she'll be quoted as much as $200 more per year for basic auto insurance than if her husband were still alive, which is pretty outrageous", Heller said. Conarton says Michigan's unique no-fault system allows for unlimited lifetime medical benefits that no other state in the country has.

Heller, meanwhile, pointed to the rate setting as one reason rates were so high.



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