Health insurance; no health insurance plan is required to include contraception coverage, etc. (HB20)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; contraception coverage. Provides that no health insurance plan, regardless of whether such plan consists of self-insurance, purchased insurance, a combination of purchased and self-insurance, or the use of a health maintenance organization, offered by the Commonwealth or any locality to its employees or by any agency, department, division, or institution of the Commonwealth or any locality authorized by law to offer such a plan to its employees is required to include coverage for contraception methods, sterilization procedures, or abortifacient drugs or devices. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/21/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100716D
11/21/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/22/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB20)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB20)
02/12/2014Left in Commerce and Labor


ACLU-VA Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this bill. HB20, and its companion bills HB18 and HB19, intend to restrict access to birth control if the Supreme Court overturns the federal rule that requires new health insurance plans to cover birth control at no extra out-of-pocket cost. If the federal rule is overturned by the Supreme Court, and these bills pass, Virginia will be poised to restrict birth control coverage and other reproductive health services. The bills would limit private health insurance companies’ ability to cover birth control, thus allowing employers to decide your health care plan. Birth control coverage is a breakthrough for women’s health and women seeking access to basic health services should not face discrimination. Private decision making about birth control should be left to a woman, her doctor, and her faith, not her boss or a politician. Religious liberty means the right to hold and preach your beliefs, but not to impose them on others.