Accident and sickness insurance; step therapy for psychiatric medications. (SB331)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Step therapy; psychiatric medicines. Prohibits a health insurer or other carrier from using step therapy in a manner that results in a denial of or delay in coverage for any psychiatric medication under a health insurance policy or plan. The measure applies only to health insurance policies or plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis. If the health benefit plan utilizes a closed drug formulary, the prohibition applies only to psychiatric medications on the formulary. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101951D
01/08/2016Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/2016Impact statement from SCC (SB331)
02/01/2016Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)