Health insurance; coverage for mental health and substance abuse services. (SB706)

Introduced By

Sen. Edd Houck (D-Spotsylvania) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; coverage for mental health and substance abuse services.  Removes the benefit limitations applicable to coverage for inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services under large group health insurance policies. Under this measure, coverage for such services under large group policies will not be more restrictive than for other illness. The existing limitations will continue to apply to individual and small group policies. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10100804D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/01/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB706)
02/01/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2010Read second time
02/04/2010Reading of amendments waived
02/04/2010Committee amendments agreed to
02/04/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB706E
02/04/2010Printed as engrossed 10100804D-E
02/08/2010Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB706E)
02/16/2010Placed on Calendar
02/16/2010Read first time
02/16/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/23/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2010Read second time
02/26/2010Read third time
02/26/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/26/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB706ER)
03/05/2010Signed by Speaker
03/08/2010Signed by President
03/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB706ER)
04/12/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 693 (effective 7/1/10)
04/12/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0693)


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 5 minutes.


robert legge writes:

Even if you don't want the "services"?