Registration for NADA Show 2021 Now Open

Registration for NADA Show 2021 Now Open

Attendee registration and housing are now open for NADA Show 2021, the Automotive Industry Event of the year, returning to New Orleans, Jan. 21-24. This latest installment of the Show will be the most important yet during this new era of business for dealers.
Learn the latest strategies to navigate business disruptions from NADA Academy instructors, get legislative and regulatory updates from experts, share insights with top industry professionals, and shop the latest dealership tools and products at NADA Expo.

Registration is required to book a hotel – and the best hotel selections always fill up quickly so register soon to book your preferred hotel. Visit nadashow.org today to secure your registration and start planning for this year’s Show!

MADA welcomes AmeriLabs24 as our newest associate member

We are pleased to inform dealers that AmeriLabs24 has joined MADA as our newest associate member.
With a Lansing-based laboratory, plus work-site and mobile collection testing options, AmeriLabs24 can quickly and conveniently assist dealers with various employee testing needs.
  • Drug testing for pre-employment, random testing, post-accident and DOT
  • Hazmat, Twic and TSA pre-check interviews
  • Background fingerprinting with Identogo
  • Collection site for blood work with Quest and Labcorp
Learn more at www.amerilabs24.com. You may also contact Paula Ervin, director of business operations at paulae@amerilabs24.com or (517) 215-7209.

Teen driver safety guide: Getting on the road

There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in an irreversible way, but we will begin to get back to “normal” and that includes getting back to school, back to work and back on the road. You have a big birthday coming up, the one that makes you eligible to start earning your driver’s license. But simply being old enough to get a license is no guarantee you are ready to earn one. Even when you do, there are going to be limits on what you can and can’t do behind the wheel. Some limits set by your parents and others that are a matter of law. Driving is of course a rite of passage for just about every American teen, but true maturity comes from following the rules of the road and appreciating their importance to driver and pedestrian safety.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Consider these statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): There were 3,255 Teen Drivers (15-19) involved in fatal crashes in 2017. Total teen deaths were 2,526 and 229 of those deaths were due to distracted driving.

The last thing most new drivers want to hear is another adult talking about responsibility. Most teens will struggle to hold back their eye-rolling and scoffing when exposed to all of the brochures, posters, videos and lectures about teen drivers. The reality is that adults, parents included, remember exactly what it was like to be your age. Be patient. Adult instructors have been where you are now; they are there to make sure you, and all those around you, are not endangered by your actions.

Check out the complete guide at Coverage.com.

Included in Guide

MIOSHA Workplace Safety and Health Review…Without Citations

MIOSHA’s “Take a Stand Day” offers an opportunity for employers to bolster their workplace safety and health by requesting a free consultative visit from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) with NO CITATIONS or PENALTIES. (However, employers must agree to correct all serious conditions.)
Across the state on August 12, 2020, MIOSHA is inviting employers to “Take a Stand” for workplace safety and health. For this 16th annual event, the MIOSHA program is dedicating more than 125 professional staff to visit Michigan industries targeted by the MIOSHA Strategic Plan. MIOSHA safety and health professionals, including compliance staff, outreach consultants, managers, and supervisors, will provide one-on-one consultations to address specific issues, such as:
  • Explain a specific MIOSHA rule.
  • Conduct a safety or health hazard survey.
  • Evaluate a safety and health management system.
  • Provide other requested technical assistance..
To schedule a visit complete a Request for Consultative Assistance (RCA) form electronically and submit to MIOSHA. (MIOSHA notes that the form works only when accessing it via Internet Explorer or FireFox browsers. It does not submit correctly via Google Chrome.)
The deadline to submit your request is July 24, 2020. You will be contacted two weeks prior to the date for scheduling. More information is available here.
August 12th not the most convenient day for your dealership? Not a problem! MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division also offers free safety and health assistance year-round. To learn more check out the CET web page. Also see: MIOSHA self-inspection checklist

Expiration of BFS-4s, Driver’s Licenses, Vehicle Registrations Extended Through Sept. 30

Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 876-878, which codify her previous Executive Orders, further extending the renewal dates for driver’s licenses, CDLs, state ID cards and vehicle registrations. Among the extensions outlined in the legislation, those with driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations expiring on or after March 1 have until September 30, 2020 to have them renewed. These acts take immediate effect.
We have confirmed with the secretary of state’s office that the expiration of BFS-4 temporary tags will also be extended through September 30, 2020.
All of the bills were sponsored by Senator Wayne Schmidt, R- Traverse City.
Sections of the bills pertinent to dealerships and your customers…
Enrolled Senate Bill 876: Section 216 (2) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a registration issued to a motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer, when driven or moved on a street or highway, that expires on or after March 1, 2020 is valid until September 30, 2020. If the registration issued to a motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer, when driven or moved on a street or highway, that is used for commercial purposes expires on or after March 1, 2020, the registration is valid until September 30, 2020.
Enrolled Senate Bill 877: Section 2 (26) Notwithstanding subsection (13), an official state personal identification card expiring on or after March 1, 2020 is considered valid until September 30, 2020. If the secretary of state receives an application to renew an official state personal identification card that expires on or after March 1, 2020 before September 30, 2020, the secretary of state shall process the application as a renewal of an existing official state personal identification card.
Enrolled Senate Bill 878: Section 4 (4) An enhanced driver license or enhanced official state personal identification card that expires on or after March 1, 2020 is considered valid until September 30, 2020.

NADA Issues New Guide on Reopening Dealerships

NADA’s newest Driven guide, Reopening Your Dealership During a Pandemic, comprises recommendations from government agencies, dealer associations and other stakeholders for practices dealers can consider as they reopen their businesses during COVID-19.

The guide specifically highlights:

  • guidance that seeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including dealership-wide and department-specific protocols for cleaning and disinfection, health screening and social distancing;
  • a task force charged with developing a detailed return-to-work plan;
  • virtual and onsite training for employees;
  • signage and communication that highlights the safety of employees and customers; and
  • appendices with examples of state association guidance and best practices, a training acknowledgment form and numerous signs and posters available for download.

Note: Review NADA’s earlier Driven Guide Safely Operating Your Dealership During a Pandemic.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Returns Money to Customers, Individuals

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Returns Money to Customers, Individuals

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is returning more than $100 million to many fully insured customers this year.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted what we consider to be normal life in many ways, it has not left the health care system untouched. People are not receiving medical, dental and vision care at the same pace that they usually do, as non-emergency services have been slowed – and in some cases, halted. As a result, Blue Cross isn’t paying out as many claims and has resources available to help business customers and individuals in numerous ways as they move through the pandemic crisis.

This week, Blue Cross announced a number of premium refunds along with rate stability measures for fully insured customers. This response joins other efforts we’ve made to help customers, including: $37 million back to small group customers for medical plans, $10.5 million shared refund to Blue Dental and Blue Vision employer group customers, $45 million paid directly to individual health plan members from 2019 through rebates and more.

The refunds are in addition to $494 million that BCBSM has invested in expanding the availability of no-cost benefits for members and to support health providers in response to COVID-19 – bringing the BCBSM enterprise’s commitment in response to the crisis to nearly $600 million.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross has been working to provide customers with information and solutions to help navigate the health care system during an unprecedented time, taking many steps to remove barriers to healthcare for members and to keep care affordable.

Improving Access to Care

For Blue Cross and Blue Care Network members, Covid-19 treatment is free through Dec. 31, 2020. Diagnostic testing is also covered at no cost as of March 18, 2020.

And we realize that during the pandemic people are seeing their doctors in different ways, so Blue Cross and Blue Care Network are providing free access to telehealth services for medical and behavioral health through June 30. Most Medicare Advantage members also receive these same benefits through Dec. 31. Additionally, Medicare Advantage members will receive free access to all the services provided in their primary care physicians office.

To help members safely social distance and protect their health, Blue Cross is also allowing members to receive more of their prescription medications at once to limit trips to the pharmacy.

Helping Seniors

Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to severe illness from the coronavirus and may be socially isolated from friends and family as a result. Blue Cross has taken extra steps to help senior members through the pandemic by initiating contact to connect them with resources and community services and targeting high-risk seniors with extra help.

Prioritizing Behavioral Health

By working with behavioral health care providers to bring their services into a telehealth platform, Blue Cross doctors are leading a new era in behavioral health treatment. Many low-risk substance use disorder patients can be treated from the safety of their homes. This even includes group therapy situations. These telehealth efforts have helped improve access to mental health and substance use disorder care for members in rural Michigan.

Reaching Out to Communities

Blue Cross has taken an all-hands-on-deck approach to helping communities through the pandemic.

For small business owners, there’s a new special support program. For displaced workers, there are new transition services in place.

The pandemic has also placed a glaring spotlight on the racial disparities and inequities in health care. Blue Cross is taking steps to act now and, in the future, to address health disparities and to work with government officials.

That includes contributing funding to a mobile testing unit to bring COVID-19 testing directly to people where they are through a partnership with Wayne State University.

Empowering Health Care Workers

Blue Cross is supporting health care workers as they tackle COVID-19.

Together with 35 hospitals in Michigan, Blue Cross started a COVID-19 data collection effort to help identify best care practices and possible treatments.

More than 30 of Blue Cross’ employees with medical backgrounds volunteered to help on the front lines. Blue Cross has also accelerated payments to providers to help them better respond to their patients’ needs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to continuing to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 across the entirety of the business and will keep customers informed as more information becomes available. Stay up to date with the latest news and information at bcbsm.com/coronavirus or mibluesperspectives.com.

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Update from the Kent County Combined Auto Theft Team

Earlier in June, we notified dealers that a very brazen and large group of individuals was targeting multiple dealerships in Grand Rapids. The individuals appear to be in their teens and young 20s. They scope out dealerships, find access points, key boxes and service drop boxes, then come back later and do significant damage.

The Kent County Combined Auto Theft Team would like dealers to be aware that these dealership break-ins have branched out to Grandville, Ionia and other locations. It is likely the criminals will continue to expand their targets.

They are now stealing keys and vehicles from new vehicle dealerships, used dealerships, large and small lots. The detective urged that key control is critical. Make sure keys are secured; don’t leave keys out in plain sight. Some dealers have started taking keys off-site at night or adding extra security.

Please be vigilant in your security measures, and if you have questions contact MADA at news@michiganada.org or (800) 292-1923.

WOOD TV news report

Centralized Webpage of Coronavirus Info for Dealers

To help centralize important information of interest to Michigan dealerships, we have created a “Coronavirus Toolkit” within the MADA website compiled of:

  • Information and advisories that MADA/DADA has previously provided
  • State of Michigan links and resources
  • Federal links and resources
  • Health, safety and legal guidance

From the home page, go to the FAQ tab and select Coronovirus Toolkit or use this direct link www.michiganada.org/faq/coronavirus.

Gov. Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. This executive order is effective immediately and until Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59pm.
Under the governor’s order, unemployment benefits would be extended to:
  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
More information from the State of Michigan:
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