Michigan rolled out a new website and hotline in February designed to give consumers more auto insurance choices and potentially lower insurance rates.
The new service, at Michigan.gov or 833-ASK-DIFS, is up and running ahead of a new statewide auto insurance system, which is bringing in more companies and options for consumers, starting in July.
Anita Fox, director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, said more insurance companies -- now up to more than 100 carriers -- are authorized in Michigan. Drivers will have the option to buy less no-fault medical coverage. The new system will stop insurance carriers from factoring into car insurance rates characteristics such as occupation, educational history and whether a policy holder owns their home.
"This system has been in place for a long time, and none of us have had to think about this at all," Fox told the Detroit Free Press. “Because we have choices now, It’s going to require a level of education.”