Vision care plans; reimbursement for services. (HB1444)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Vision care plans; reimbursement for services. Prohibits a participating provider agreement between a vision care plan carrier and an optometrist or ophthalmologist from establishing the fee or rate that the optometrist or ophthalmologist is required to accept for the provision of health care materials or services, or from requiring that an optometrist or ophthalmologist accept the reimbursement paid by the vision care plan carrier as payment in full, unless the services or materials are covered services or covered materials under the applicable vision care plan. Reimbursements by a vision care plan carrier are required to be reasonable, and vision care plans shall not require an optometrist or ophthalmologist to use a particular optical laboratory, manufacturer, or third-party supplier as a condition of participation in a vision care plan. Changes to a proposed participating provider agreement shall be submitted in writing to the optometrist or ophthalmologist at least 30 days prior to their effective date. Any person who violates this provision shall be civilly liable for liquidated damages of $10,000 and reasonable attorney fees, plus provable damages caused as a result of such violation, and is subject to such other remedies, legal or equitable, including injunctive relief, as may be available to the party damaged by such violation. The State Corporation Commission does not have jurisdiction to adjudicate individual controversies arising out of this measure. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/29/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100579D
12/29/2014Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2015Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2015Impact statement from SCC (HB1444)
01/22/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 2-N)
02/05/2015Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Committee substitute printed 15104222D-H1
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104222D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1444H1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/2015Impact statement from SCC (HB1444H1)
02/16/2015Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/19/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2015Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Placed on Calendar
02/23/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (95-Y 2-N)
02/23/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1444ER)
02/26/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/27/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/27/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/27/15
02/27/2015Impact statement from SCC (HB1444ER)
02/27/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by House
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/15/2015Reenrolled bill text (HB1444ER2)
04/15/2015Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/15/2015Signed by President as reenrolled
04/15/2015Enacted, Chapter 723 (effective 1/1/16)
04/15/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0723)


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.