State employees; health insurance benefits. (SB1122)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance benefits for state employees.  Provides that the health insurance coverage that may be purchased by state employees for families and dependents may include coverage for any other person to whom coverage may be extended pursuant to 38.2-3525 of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101879D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1122)
01/27/2011Reported from Finance (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2011Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2011Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2011Placed on Calendar
02/10/2011Read first time
02/10/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/14/2011Assigned GL sub: #4 Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process
02/15/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/22/2011Left in General Laws


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 1 minute.


Equality Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill would allow the State Department of Human Resources to offer state employees the opportunity to buy health insurance to cover otherwise qualified adults living in their households, helping to alleviate the benefits disparity between public and private employment. More than 75% of the 900 people who filed comments on regulations offered by the Kaine administration to accomplish this (regs later withdrawn by the McDonnell admiinistration), supported this change in state health insurance benefits including the presidents of UVA, VA Tech, GMU and William and Mary who said such a benefits change would enhance their ability to compete for the best and brightest against other major colleges most of which (public and private) offer such expanded benefits. Equality Virginia supports this bill.

People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Support (this bill is a natural compliment to 747 non-discrimination bill, but we will be spending more of our efforts on getting non-discrimination through first)

Ellen Bass writes:

Allowing state employees to purchase health insurance for members of the household is something everyone should support. Not only will this bill allow the state to recruit and retain employees but will decrease the number of uninsured people. This will impact the amount of healthcare hospitals such as UVa's will have to provide without payment.

Randolph Canterbury writes:

In addition to the comments made by Ellen Bass, passage of this bill removes a major barrier to the ability of Virginia to recruit some of the best and brightest minds in higher education, including medicine and other professional schools, and in industry. Also, it's just fair and there is no reason not to provide the option for health insurance for anyone.

Andre Hakes writes:

This bill makes sense from several perspectives. It is the right thing to do, and it's good for business in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Evans writes:

Passing this bill would help to untie the hands of universities, who compete for the brightest candidates with many other universities who do offer this benefit. As others have said, it is the right thing to do!