Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program; increases annual assessment for physicians. (SB211)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program. Increases the annual assessment for physicians who participate in the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program from its current level of $5,300 to $5,600, which amount will increase thereafter to a maximum of $6,200. The annual participating hospital assessment will increase from $50 per live birth to $52.50 per live birth in 2008, which amount will increase each year thereafter by $2.50 per live birth to a maximum of $55 per live birth. The assessment on nonparticipating physicians will apply to all physicians licensed in the Commonwealth other than participating physicians; currently, only such physicians practicing in Virginia are required to pay an assessment. The maximum contribution rate required from liability insurance carriers is increased from 0.25% to 0.4% of net direct premiums written. The size of the board of directors of the Program is increased from seven to nine. Provision is made for covered expenses to cover therapeutic, nursing and attendant care, medications and supplies, and for attendant nursing care that is provided by the claimant's relatives when beyond what is normally provided family members of uninjured children. The measure also (i) removes the prohibition of suing a nonparticipating provider prior to pursuing a claim under the Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act if the suit is not successful; (ii) authorizes the Program's board of directors to hire outside counsel at its discretion; (iii) provides that the Freedom of Information Act exemption does not prohibit the Workers Compensation Commission from requiring the Program to produce relevant evidence during litigation; (iv) provides that pursuing a claim under Act tolls the statute of limitations for actions that may be brought by the injured infant's personal representative, parents, dependants, or next of kin; (v) expands the types of discovery allowed in litigation under the Act; (vi) requires that only one member of the panel of physicians be from the field of obstetrics; and (vii) requires the Program to pay $3,000 per claim reviewed to the medical school that performs an assessment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080037228
01/07/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB211)
02/11/2008Committee substitute printed 080171228-S1
02/11/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Read second time
02/12/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080171228-S1
02/12/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB211S1
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/14/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB211S1)
02/19/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2008Read second time
02/22/2008Read third time
02/22/2008Passed House BLOCK VOTE (94-Y 0-N)
02/22/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (94-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB211ER)
02/25/2008Signed by Speaker
02/26/2008Signed by President
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB211ER)
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 265 (effective 7/1/08)
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 267 (effective 7/1/08)
03/06/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0267)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1305.