Health insurance, basic; increasing availability thereof in State. (HB2024)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville) with support from 17 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond), Del. Dave Nutter (R-Christiansburg), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Chris Saxman (R-Staunton), Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Availability of basic health insurance. Allows health insurers to offer and sell group health insurance policies or contracts that do not include state mandated health insurance benefits to employers with 50 or fewer employees if the employer has not offered health insurance coverage to its employees during the preceding six months. Such a group policy or contract may include any, or none, of the state-mandated health benefits as the health insurer and the qualified small employer agree. The measure also provides that a person that obtained a certificate of public need for a medical care facility subject to an agreement to provide charity care may satisfy such conditions by making direct payments to an entity that is authorized to receive payments satisfying charity care conditions or to a private nonprofit foundation that funds basic health insurance coverage to indigents pursuant to a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Health. Finally, the measure states that a health insurance policy or subscription contract may include caps or limits on the total annual or lifetime benefits provided thereunder at specified dollar amounts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090093612
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/2009Assigned C & L sub: 2
01/29/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/03/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (18-Y 0-N)
02/05/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Committee substitute printed 090206612-H1
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090206612-H1
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2024H1
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/23/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Committee substitute printed 090233612-S1
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090233612-S1
02/25/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2024S1
02/25/2009Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009Senate substitute agreed to by House 090233612-S1 (95-Y 1-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (95-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2024ER)
03/10/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by House
03/30/2009Governor's substitute printed 099353802-H2
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 795 (effective 4/8/09 - see bill)
04/08/2009House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/08/2009G Emergency clause added by Governor's recommendation
04/08/2009Reenrolled bill text (HB2024ER2)
04/08/2009Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/2009Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 796 (effective 4/8/09 - see bill)
04/08/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0796)
04/14/2009Reenrolled bill text (HB2024ER2)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 7 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1411.


Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Virginia Interfaith Center opposes this bill.