Health insurance carriers; hospital disclosure of contractual arrangements. (HB603)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals; disclosure of contractual arrangements with health insurance carriers. Requires health insurance carriers, including health maintenance organizations and third-party administrators, annually to disclose to the State Health Commissioner the terms of its contracts with hospitals that establish the amount that the carrier is required to pay to the provider for health care services. The State Health Commissioner is required to compile the information and make it available to the public through an Internet website. Portions or aggregations of the information may be made available to the public if the Board of Health determines it may disclosed without compromising the identities of the carrier and hospital. The Commissioner shall negotiate and contract with a nonprofit organization, such as the Virginia Health Information, to compile, store, and make such information available to the public. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080035664
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB603)
02/05/2008Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Committee substitute printed 088572664-H1
02/06/2008Read first time
02/07/2008Read second time
02/07/2008Committee substitute agreed to 088572664-H1
02/07/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB603H1
02/08/2008Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/08/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to Senate
02/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/2008Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB603H1)
02/15/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
02/18/2008Read third time
02/18/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB603ER)
02/20/2008Signed by Speaker
02/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB603ER)
02/22/2008Signed by President
03/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 70 (effective 7/1/08)
03/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 71 (effective 7/1/08)
03/04/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0071)


Ann Drury Wellford writes:

This is a totally positive and necessary step towards better health care in this country. Thank you for introducing this bill.

Ethan Swint writes:

The stated purpose of this bill is laudable, but how wide is the loophole that prevents publication of data which would be "compromising the identities of the carrier and hospital"?

What does fisheries data have to do with health insurance carriers and disclosure? (5. Fisheries data that would permit identification of any person or vessel, except when required by court order as specified in § 28.2-204)

Richard B Swint M.D. writes:

This bill will stop medical providers from over charging uninsured who want to pay a fair bill. It will also disclose (by comparison after the bill is passed) hospitals' inflated statements about how much charity they give. A hospital's statement about their annual charity to the community is completely fake.