Health insurance reform; revises State's laws. (HB1900)

Introduced By

Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance reform. Revises Virginia's laws pertaining to the regulation of health insurance and related products in order to be consistent with relevant requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that become effective on January 1, 2014. These requirements include addressing premium rate restrictions on health benefit plans providing individual and small group health insurance coverage, prohibiting discrimination based on health status, prohibiting adjustments in the cost of coverage based on genetic information, requiring individual and small group health insurance coverage to include the essential health benefits as required by the PPACA, limiting waiting periods for health plans offering group health insurance coverage to 90 days, providing for participation in clinical trials, and authorizing health carriers to provide for wellness programs. The measure removes provisions relating to the standard and essential health benefits plans because they include coverage for services that may or may not comport with the essential health benefit package, and enforcement of the existing requirement would conflict with the PPACA. Though not specifically required to maintain conformity with federal law, the measure (i) keeps the existing limits for maximum size for a small group at 50 employees until 2016 and (ii) authorizes the State Corporation Commission to establish geographic rating areas. The bill removes the sunsets that were placed in provisions affected by or enacted as a result of the PPACA, including the external review processes. The measure is effective January 1, 2014. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103458D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/30/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB1900)
01/31/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (66-Y 34-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (66-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read third time
02/14/2013Passed by temporarily
02/14/2013Reading of amendment waived
02/14/2013Amendment by Senator Edwards withdrawn
02/14/2013Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1900ER)
03/04/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013Signed by Speaker
03/13/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB1900ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 751 (effective 1/1/14)
04/03/2013Passed by temporarily
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (55-Y 37-N 1-A)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (55-Y 37-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Chair rules recommendation germane
04/03/2013Ruling of Chair Sustained (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Pending question ordered (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB1900ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 751 (effective 1/1/14)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0751)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 27 minutes.