Health insurance; carrier business practices. (SB1262)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest) with support from co-patron Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance plans and programs; preauthorization for drug benefits. Requires certain health insurance contracts under which an insurance carrier or its intermediary has the right or obligation to require preauthorization for a drug benefit to include provisions governing the preauthorization process. Required provisions address (i) use of a common preauthorization form to be developed by the State Corporation Commission, (ii) the electronic submission of preauthorization requests, (iii) waiving preauthorization requirements for chronic disease management drug benefits and for mental health drug benefits, (iv) requests for supplementation of a preauthorization or waiver request, (v) preauthorization restrictions for generic drug benefits, and (vi) posting of certain information. These provisions are also applicable to Medicaid fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care health plans and the state employee health insurance program.


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101826D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2015Impact statement from SCC (SB1262)
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1262)
02/02/2015Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Committee substitute printed 15103744D-S1
02/04/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1262S1)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Read second time
02/05/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15103744D-S1
02/05/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1262S1
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Placed on Calendar
02/09/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/2015Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015Committee substitute printed 15105083D-H1
02/18/2015Read second time
02/19/2015Passed by for the day
02/20/2015Passed by for the day
02/23/2015Read third time
02/23/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105083D-H1
02/23/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1262H1
02/23/2015Passed House with substitute (97-Y 0-N)
02/23/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1262H1)
02/24/2015House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Title replaced 15105083D-H1
02/27/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1262ER)
02/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1262ER)
02/27/2015Signed by Speaker
02/27/2015Signed by President
03/04/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/4/15
03/04/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 516 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0516)