Health benefit plans; sale, renewal, or offer of plans, special exception. (SB562)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health benefit plans; federal law changes; large and small employers. Deletes provisions that as of January 1, 2016, changed the definition of a "large employer," for purposes of a group health plan or health insurance coverage, from an employer who employed an average of more than 50 employees to an employer who employed more than 100 employees during the preceding calendar year. The definition of "small employer" is correspondingly revised to include employers who employ an average of 50 or fewer employees, which prior to January 1, 2016, was the threshold for delineating large employers from small employers. The measure also authorizes health carriers to sell, issue, or offer for sale any health benefit plan that would otherwise not be permitted to be sold, issued, or offered for sale due to conflict with the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to the extent the requirements of such Act are amended by any federal law. The measure has an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/16 16102635D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2016Impact statement from SCC (SB562)
02/08/2016Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Committee substitute printed 16104989D-S1
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Impact statement from SCC (SB562S1)
02/11/2016Read second time
02/11/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104989D-S1
02/11/2016Emergency clause deleted
02/11/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB562S1
02/11/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Placed on Calendar
02/15/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/23/2016Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Read second time
02/25/2016Read third time
02/25/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/25/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/25/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/25/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB562ER)
02/26/2016Signed by Speaker
02/29/2016Impact statement from SCC (SB562ER)
02/29/2016Signed by President
03/01/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/1/16
03/01/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 8, 2016
03/07/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 271 (effective 7/1/16)