Health care sharing ministries; insurance laws do not apply. (HB1512)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond), Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News), and Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health care sharing ministries. Declares that insurance laws do not apply to a health care sharing ministry. A health care sharing ministry that, through its publication to members, solicits funds for the payment of medical expenses of other members, will not be considered to be engaging in the business of insurance and will not be subject to the jurisdiction of the State Corporation Commission. A health care sharing ministry is a health care cost sharing arrangement among individuals of the same religion, administered by a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that, among other things, acts as an organizational clearinghouse for information about members who have financial or medical needs and matches them with members with the ability to assist those with such needs, and provides for the financial or medical needs of members through payments directly from one member to another. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2008Presented and ordered printed 088885448
01/17/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/24/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1512)
01/25/2008Assigned C & L sub: 1
01/31/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Read first time
02/05/2008Read second time
02/05/2008Pending question ordered
02/05/2008Engrossed by House
02/06/2008Read third time and passed House (93-Y 5-N)
02/06/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (93-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2008Communicated to Senate
02/07/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/18/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/20/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2008Read third time
02/21/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1512ER)
02/25/2008Signed by Speaker
02/26/2008Signed by President
02/27/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1512ER)
03/03/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 231 (effective 7/1/08)
03/03/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 232 (effective 7/1/08)
03/06/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0232)