A Minnesota bill would tax car insurers $10 a year for every covered vehicle to bolster funds for the state’s emergency and trauma services.
- 75 percent for “payments to trauma hospitals”
- 15 percent for “air and ground ambulance services”
- 10 percent for “trauma coordination and training”
Car insurers already pay similar state-mandated “assessments” in other states, but they are generally passed onto policyholders in the form of higher premiums. California charges a per-vehicle tax to car insurers to fund law enforcement activities, while a per-vehicle assessment in Michigan funds pricey claims for severe crash injuries.
According to local news reports, Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL-Newport) said his bill is expected to bring in $20 million a year and seeks to tax auto policyholders because most trauma center patients are car crash victims.
On Tuesday, supporters of the bill, introduced last week, hosted a news conference at the state Capitol, where they expressed concern with Minnesota’s ranking in a report on emergency care showing that the state had slipped out of the top 10 in the U.S.
Schoen, a member of the state Police & Peace Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police, and more of the bill’s supporters are scheduled to present “A Status Report on Minnesota’s Emergency Care Environment” on Thursday at a hospital in Northfield, Minn., south of Minneapolis.