COBRA; continuation coverage following termination of employment. (HB554)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville) with support from co-patron Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


COBRA continuation coverage.  Requires small employers providing group health insurance coverage to offer to certain employees whose employment is involuntarily terminated the option to continue their coverage for any additional period, extending beyond the nine months of COBRA continuation coverage that is currently required, as may be specified by future amendments to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103549D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2010Assigned C & L sub: #2
01/21/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (11-Y 0-N)
01/28/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2010Read first time
02/02/2010Read second time
02/02/2010Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/2010Emergency clause added
02/02/2010Engrossed by House as amended HB554E
02/02/2010Printed as engrossed 10103549D-E
02/03/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE(98-Y 0-N)
02/03/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2010Impact statement from SCC (HB554E)
02/04/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/22/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2010Read third time
02/25/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 21 (effective 3/1/10)
03/01/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB554ER)
03/01/2010Signed by Speaker
03/01/2010Signed by President
03/01/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 21 (effective 3/1/10)
03/01/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0021)
03/03/2010Impact statement from SCC (HB554ER)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.