Accident and sickness insurance; individual open enrollment program. (HB1784)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Individual accident and sickness insurance; open enrollment program. Repeals the requirement that a health insurer that is, or is successor to, a health services plan provide an open enrollment program for individual accident and sickness contracts. Under the open enrollment program, an individual may purchase a product at any time during the year, with the caveat that the individual serve a 12-month waiting period before services are covered for any preexisting condition. The requirement for such an open enrollment program is inconsistent with guaranteed issue provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prohibit waiting periods for coverage for preexisting conditions and that provide for limited open enrollment periods. The measure also eliminates certain provisions that set a tax rate of 0.75 percent on premiums from policies sold under the open enrollment program. The measure will become effective January 1, 2014. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103204D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/2013Impact statement from TAX (HB1784)
01/24/2013Impact statement from TAX (HB1784)
01/24/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2013Assigned App. sub: General Government
01/29/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/30/2013Reported from Appropriations with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee on Commerce and Labor amendment agreed to
02/04/2013Committee on Appropriations amendment agreed to
02/04/2013Committee on Commerce and Labor amendment reconsidered
02/04/2013Committee on Commerece and Labor amendment rejected
02/04/2013Engrossed by House as amended HB1784E
02/04/2013Printed as engrossed 13103204D-E
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (94-Y 4-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/07/2013Impact statement from TAX (HB1784E)
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Rereferred to Finance
02/12/2013Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Read third time
02/13/2013Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1784ER)
02/18/2013Signed by Speaker
02/19/2013Signed by President
02/21/2013Impact statement from TAX (HB1784ER)
03/12/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 210 (effective 1/1/14)
03/12/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0210)
03/22/2013Impact statement from TAX (HB1784ER)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.