Health insurance reform; revises State's laws. (SB921)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


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 Failed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103460D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/18/2013Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2013Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2013Passed Senate (32-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Placed on Calendar
01/25/2013Read first time
01/25/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read second time
02/14/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB921)
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Passed House (62-Y 38-N)
02/15/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB921ER)
03/04/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013Signed by Speaker
03/13/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB921ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013Passed by temporarily
04/03/2013Passed by for the day
04/03/2013Communicated to Governor
05/03/2013G Vetoed by Governor


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 3 minutes.