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Vladimir Konstantinov May Lose Much Needed Care

02/22/2022 at 8:07pm EST

from Hani Barghouthi of The Detroit News,

Former Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov joined opponents of the 2019 auto no-fault insurance law on Tuesday in criticizing a fee cut that slashed payments to medical providers almost in half.

Konstantinov, who turns 55 in March, like others affected by changes to the law, stands to lose the round-the-clock care he has received at home for nearly 25 years because of the medical care reimbursement schedule that went into effect July 1, 2021, according to his attorney, Jim Bellanca. The former player was injured in a limousine crash less than a week after the Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997, leaving him with a closed-head injury.

“Vladi will probably be warehoused in a nursing home with unspecialized care by people who aren't familiar with his injury,” said Bellanca. “… He will not continue to exist in the life that he exists in now.”

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