Car Insurance Premiums Would Rise Under West Memphis Democrat's Bill

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas car owners could see a $12 increase on their auto insurance under a bill amended yesterday that would create a statewide trauma network.

The bill by Democratic Representative Denny Sumpter of West Memphis would raise about $25 million per year from the insurance rate increase.  Coupled with matching federal dollars, it would raise $40 million per year to create a trauma system in Arkansas.

The Senate Public Health Committee heard testimony on the bill that described how some Arkansans involved in traumatic car crashes and other accidents currently head to The Med in Memphis for treatment and that other hospitals in Arkansas cannot meet the same level of care.

The Senate committee asked Sumpter to return on Friday with slight changes to the bill.  A version of the bill has already passed in the House.

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