Health group cooperatives; established for arranging benefit plan coverage for small employers. (HB761)

Introduced By

Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Small employer health group pooling. Authorizes the establishment of cooperatives for the purpose of offering, providing or facilitating the provision of coverage for health care services to participating small employers. Membership in health group cooperatives is limited to employers with not more than 50 eligible employees. A small employer health group cooperative is deemed to be a single entity for purposes of negotiating the terms, including premium rates of coverage. Cooperatives shall elect to either be the policyholder of a group policy covering employer-members or a sponsoring entity that facilitates the provision of separate policies for each of its employer-members. If a cooperative elects to be the group policyholder, the agreement shall address the collection of funds from employer-members when one employer-member fails to remit its share of the premium. Read the Bill »


03/31/2006: signed by governor


01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 067909316
01/10/2006Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/2006Assigned to Commerce and Labor sub-committee: Insurance (Hargrove)
02/02/2006Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/03/2006Committee substitute printed 062753316-H1
02/06/2006Read first time
02/07/2006Read second time
02/07/2006Committee substitute agreed to 062753316-H1
02/07/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB761H1
02/08/2006Passed by for the day
02/09/2006Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006Communicated to Senate
02/10/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2006Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
03/06/2006Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
03/07/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2006Read third time
03/07/2006Reading of amendment waived
03/07/2006Committee amendment agreed to
03/07/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/07/2006Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/2006Placed on Calendar
03/09/2006Senate amendment agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
03/15/2006Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB761ER)
03/15/2006Signed by Speaker
03/16/2006Signed by President
03/31/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 427 (effective 7/1/06)
04/06/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0427)