Motor vehicle insurance; assignment of medical expense benefits to assignor's health care provider. (HB1655)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Motor vehicle insurance; assignment of medical expense benefits. Establishes requirements for assigning motor vehicle insurance medical expense benefits to the assignor's health care provider. In order for an assignment to be valid, a copy of the executed assignment of benefits form shall be provided to the motor vehicle insurer. The assignment form is required to include, among other things, a statement that the assignor is not required to execute the form. The assignor is required to receive notice of the effect of the assignment. Subject to certain exceptions, upon receipt of a copy of a valid assignment form, the motor vehicle insurer shall pay directly to the health care provider, from any medical expense benefits available to such person under a motor vehicle insurance policy, any copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles owed by the injured covered person to the health care provider if the covered injured person is covered under a health care policy, the health care provider is an in-network provider, and the health care provider has submitted its claim to the health insurer for the health care services. If the covered injured person is not covered under a health care policy or the health care provider is not an in-network provider, the motor vehicle insurer shall pay directly to the health care provider, from such available benefits, amounts to cover the cost of the health care services provided, in the amount of the usual and customary fee charged in that community for the health care services rendered. A motor vehicle insurer shall be held harmless for making payments to a health care provider pursuant to a valid assignment of benefits. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100386D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/22/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Read first time
01/25/2013Read second time
01/25/2013Committee amendments agreed to
01/25/2013Engrossed by House as amended HB1655E
01/25/2013Printed as engrossed 13100386D-E
01/28/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read third time
02/14/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1655ER)
02/20/2013Signed by Speaker
02/20/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 75 (effective 7/1/13)
03/05/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0075)


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.


Lee Delye writes:

This bill demonstrates how absurd our for-profit, employer based healthcare system is. Have the guilty party in a car crash pay the hospital bills of the other parties involved? Why not ensure that everyone has health insurance?