VirginiaShare Health Insurance Program; established, report. (SB578)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


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


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084071820
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB578)
01/28/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (11-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/28/2008Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2008Committee substitute printed 080137820-S1
02/06/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB578S1)
02/06/2008Reported from Finance with amendments (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Read second time
02/08/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080137820-S1
02/08/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/08/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB578ES1
02/08/2008Printed as engrossed 080137820-ES1
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to House
02/13/2008Placed on Calendar
02/13/2008Read first time
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/03/2008Left in Appropriations

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB593.