VirginiaShare Health Insurance Program; established, report. (HB593)

Introduced By

Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


VirginiaShare Health Insurance Program. Establishes the VirginiaShare Health Insurance Program, to provide health insurance premium assistance to allow eligible low-income working individuals to purchase health insurance coverage through a certified VaShare Health Insurance Policy. Also establishes the VirginiaShare Health Insurance Program Board to regulate the Program, to be administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. The program will pay one-third of the total monthly premium for eligible individuals, up to $75, with the remaining amount to be paid by the individual's small employer and the individual. Eligible individuals must (i) be residents of Virginia; (ii) have an income that is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; (iii) have not been insured or had the offer of insurance within six months prior to enrollment in the Program; (iv) be ineligible for medical assistance benefits pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended, or benefits pursuant to Title XXI of the Social Security Act, as amended; (v) be employed by a qualified small employer; and (vi) work at least 30 hours per week for the qualified small employer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084662820
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/15/2008Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources (Hamilton)
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB593)
02/12/2008Left in Appropriations

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB578.