Health insurance; small employers, self-employed persons. (SB672)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; small employers; self-employed persons. Revises the definition of "small employer" for purposes of health insurance to provide that it includes a self-employed person. The measure also provides that an individual who is the sole shareholder of a corporation or sole member of a limited liability company, or an immediate family member of such sole shareholder or member, qualifies as an employee of the corporation or limited liability company if he performed any service for remuneration under a contract of hire for the corporation or limited liability company. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101776D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB672)
01/29/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2018Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Placed on Calendar
02/08/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/20/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Read second time
02/23/2018Read third time
02/23/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB672ER)
02/27/2018Signed by Speaker
02/28/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB672ER)
03/02/2018Signed by President
03/05/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 5, 2018
03/05/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/06/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 782 (effective 7/1/18)
04/06/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0782)



As a small business owner I urge you to please include single-person businesses in the definition of "small employer" to allow many hard-working Virginians who provide employment for themselves to have access to affordable health care. Rates of insurance with the sole provider Optima have become prohibitive and we are forced to consider locating outside of the state and the country. It is simply unsustainable to pay the exorbitant rates and we cannot do it. We are paying health care premiums instead of contributing to our retirement and savings and reducing our debt; we have less disposable income to pay for healthy food & supplements.