State employees; restoration of health insurance plan options in Hampton Roads area. (HB1251)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from 21 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton), Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News), Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News), Sen. Yvonne Miller (D-Norfolk), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance for state employees.  Requires any health insurance coverage plan established for state employees in Hampton Roads to include health insurance plan options available in the six months prior to the implementation of the COVA Connect pilot program instituted on July 1, 2009. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2010Presented and ordered printed 10103448D
01/18/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1251)
02/11/2010Tabled in General Laws


Jacqueline F. Hines writes:

Please restore previous insurance plan options. The pilot program limits state employees in Hampton, VA to two hospitals, Sentara and Mary Immaculate. Riverside Hospital and its specialists are non-participating in the Optima plan. For patients with existing conditions, specifically cancer, this change has been devasting. As a cancer patient, once you start treatments with a participating provider that you feel confident with, you would like to continue with that person. Aside from the fact that the copayment and other out of pocket expenses have increased with Optima, if we must remain with the pilot plan, why can't it include Riverside Hospital and its specialists.