BIRMINGHAM, MI (WXYZ) – It’s a story I first saw on 7 Action News back in September. We told you how changing the law was putting the future of the Detroit athletic champion, who helped bring the Stanley Cup back to the Detroit Red Wings, at risk.
Vladimir Konstantinov suffered a catastrophic injury in a limousine accident in the days after winning the Stanley Cup in 1997. He is now living with a TBI and requires around-the-clock care. This care was paid for by Michigan’s No Fault Auto Insurance. His lawyer says he has few savings. He and his family have always planned insurance coverage.
On Tuesday, the company providing sponsorship to Konstantinov held a press conference, which was attended by Vladi. They have shared that they are losing money by providing life-sustaining care and have demanded an end to what they call the political power play.
“We’ve taken care of Vlady for 20 years and to see we might have to make this difficult decision to release him and just hope and pray he finds something.. it’s not a good place to live,” Teresa said. Ruedisueli from Arcadia Home Care and Recruitment.
Theresa Rodiswilli says Arcadia Home Care & Staffing now has $1.5 million in paid work for about 30 patients injured in catastrophic car accidents that insurance companies refuse to pay for. the reason? The law, which took effect in July, as the company grappled with inflation and the pandemic, squeezed a healthcare shortage, cutting reimbursement rates by 45%.
Lawmakers said it aims to end price gouging. Because her company wasn’t messing around, Ruedisueli says, she’s now losing money providing care.
If the company is laying off auto accident patients, there’s nowhere to send them, says Julie Nye, reception coordinator at Arcadia.
“They have nowhere to go. There is no place to take care of them,” said Nye.
Some patients have been discharged from hospitals. Others were sent from their homes to nursing homes.
“If we were to vote on this today, lawmakers would overwhelmingly support it,” said Barry Cargill, CEO of the Michigan Home Care and Hospice Association.
For now, he says, most lawmakers approve proposed bills to get rid of the blanket cuts. House Bill 5698 is a proposed bill aimed at reforming the situation. Leaders in the House and chairs of the House and Senate insurance committees are not pushing them forward, Cargill says.
“We have to have something that works. A cut of 45% just doesn’t work. It doesn’t take into account the current business crises or the cost of doing business,” Rodiswilli said.