Basic health benefit plans; requires health insurer, etc., to offer to eligible individuals. (SB976)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Basic health benefit plans. Requires every health insurer, health maintenance organization, and corporation providing accident and sickness subscription contracts, as a condition of transacting business in Virginia, to offer to eligible individuals a basic health benefit plan. Eligible individuals are residents of the Commonwealth that have a family income that does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty level, have not been insured within the preceding six months, and are not eligible for coverage under certain government-sponsored health plans. Coverage under a basic health insurance policy provides benefits of at least 75 percent of necessary, reasonable, and customary charges for medical care, including hospitalization, surgery, physician services, emergency services, diagnostic tests, with a minimum annual deductible of $5,000 for the eligible individual and $10,000 for the eligible individual and dependent coverage, with maximum annual amount out-of-pocket limits for co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles, and other cost-sharing arrangement of $10,000 for the eligible individual and $20,000 for the eligible individual and dependents, and with maximum lifetime benefits of at least $1 million. Such a policy will not provide benefits for routine physician visits, prescription drugs, or dental treatment, or for any mandated benefit. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098048333
01/12/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/26/2009Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

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

The Virginia Interfaith Center opposes this bill.

Nonprofit NoVA, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Oppose