Chemotherapy; requirements for orally administered cancer drugs. (SB450)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; parity of coverage for oral chemotherapy medications.  Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations whose policies provide coverage for cancer chemotherapy treatment to provide coverage for a prescribed, orally administered anticancer medication on a basis no less favorable than that on which it provides coverage for intravenously administered or injected anticancer medications. Such a policy, contract, or plan shall not require a higher copayment, deductible, or coinsurance amount for a prescribed, orally administered anticancer medication than what it requires for an intravenously administered or injected anticancer medication that is provided, regardless of formulation or benefit category determination by the insurer, corporation, or health maintenance organization. The mandate will apply to the state employees' health insurance plan and to the local choice health program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100671D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB450)
01/30/2012Reported from Commerce and Labor (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/09/2012Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Committee substitute printed 12105329D-S1
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Read second time
02/14/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105329D-S1
02/14/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB450S1
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Placed on Calendar
02/16/2012Read first time
02/16/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/21/2012Committee substitute printed 12105534D-H1
02/21/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Read second time
02/23/2012Read third time
02/23/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105534D-H1
02/23/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB450H1
02/23/2012Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Title replaced 12105534D-H1
03/01/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB450ER)
03/01/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB450ER)
03/01/2012Signed by Speaker
03/03/2012Signed by President
04/05/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 641 (effective 7/1/12)
04/05/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0641)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.