Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan; coverage for certain children and pregnant women. (HB183)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond) with support from 69 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Joseph Johnson (D-Abingdon), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall), Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Medical assistance; coverage for certain children and pregnant women.  Provides that the Board of Medical Assistance Services shall include a provision in the state plan for medical assistance services for medical assistance for otherwise eligible pregnant women during the first five years of lawful residence in the United States. The bill also requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to provide coverage under the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) Plan for otherwise eligible children and pregnant women during the first five years of lawful residence in the United States. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100938D
01/09/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/19/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB183)
01/26/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2012Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/30/2012Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HB183)
02/06/2012Subcommittee recommends no action
02/08/2012Reconsidered by App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/08/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/08/2012Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time and engrossed
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (99-Y 1-N)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/23/2012Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Passed by for the day
02/24/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/27/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/27/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/27/2012Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Placed on Calendar
02/29/2012Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Senate requested conference committee
03/05/2012House acceded to request
03/06/2012Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2012Delegates: O'Bannon, Peace, Brink
03/06/2012Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2012Senators: Carrico, Ebbin, McWaters
03/08/2012Conference report agreed to by House (85-Y 0-N)
03/08/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (85-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2012Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB183ER)
03/10/2012Signed by Speaker
03/10/2012Signed by President
03/16/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB183ER)
04/09/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 689 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0689)


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 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB782 and SB568.


VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VACOLAO supports this legislation that extends Medicaid eligibility to pregnant immigrant women and their children who have been lawfully present in the United States for less than five years.

Danielle B writes:

So for the first five years they can get preganant and be helped finacialy with medical assistant? i think this is going to lead to too many people purposly getting pregnant for this reason.. there needs to be more of a restriction.

Marisa V writes:

Are you suggesting that people will purposely get pregnant, a condition that has it's own attendant health risks and leads to financial and emotional commitments for the rest of a person's life, just to get a physical? Because I seriously doubt that will be much of a problem.

And if there are people driven to such desperate measures for medical care, it says more about our healthcare system than it does about this bill.

Magan writes:

I'm social worker, and yes, I have clients who routinely get pregnant to receive financial assistance. This is very sad, but commonplace, unfortunately.

Allesia Hamilton writes:

But we aren't able to provide free medical care to U.S. citizens now (not that I am for that), and this bill is giving special rights and free medical treatment only to immigrants and only to women and the child? How is that fair? No wonder this bill is dead, the Rep. shouldn't have even bothered introducing it.

Allesia Hamilton writes:

How could this group (VACOLAO - whose site has been quite helpful, thank you) support this? It gives incentive to ONLY immigrant women to just come here and breed more babies, whether they can support them or not.
Although I am against Obama-care, if you are going to go the socialized medicine route, then this bill would not cover men who might be legal long term citizens, or any other citizens other than pregnant immigrants.

Allesia Hamilton writes:

Do the words "Snowballs Chance" mean anything to you?

Melissa writes:

This bill isn't giving incentive or priority to immigrant women to go out and get pregnant, this enabling them to get the healthcare coverage they need and deserve. Read the bill before you go on making assumptions. Medicaid is medical insurance for American citizens who meet the income requirements (are low-income), and was created to cover healthcare for pregnant women, children, and disabled folks. If one has gone about the legal process to become a legal American citizen then they should have every right, just as every other American citizen to receive prenatal and postpartum care. The delivery and labor costs are already be covered if people have Medicaid or FAMIS, and they should have access to prenatal care (for check ups and preventative care), and checkups after the child is born. I realize that many of these comments are xenophobic, and presumptuous, but check your facts these folks may not be "American born" but they are citizens, and should have the same rights as other citizens.