Medical assistance; increase access to certain services. (SB915)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Priority Needs Access Program. Directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to amend the Medicaid demonstration project (Project Number 11-W-00297/3) to create the Priority Needs Access Program to (i) increase the income eligibility for adults with serious mental illness from 100 to 138 percent of the federal poverty level; (ii) expand program eligibility to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness, substance use disorder, or a life-threatening or complex chronic medical condition; (iii) include in the benefit package inpatient hospital and emergency room services; (iv) and include the demonstration project in the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus managed care program. The bill also directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to add 144 new Community Living waiver slots, 1,847 new Family and Individual Support waiver slots, and 305 new Building Independent waiver slots; the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish and operate a statewide alternative transportation system for adults and children who are subject to temporary detention orders; the Department of Medical Assistance Services to ensure that children in the Medicaid and FAMIS programs are screened for adverse childhood experiences; and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to expand neurobehavioral services used to assist persons with brain injuries in returning to work and community living and avoid inappropriate institutionalization of persons with brain injuries. The bill will not become effective unless an appropriation effectuating its purposes is included in the general appropriations act passed in 2018 by the General Assembly that becomes law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18105040D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/01/2018Reported from Education and Health (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/08/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB915)
02/12/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (10-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Committee substitute printed 18106996D-S1
02/13/2018Floor substitute printed 18107129D-S2 (Dunnavant)
02/13/2018Substitute by Senator Dunnavant agreed to 18107129D-S2
02/13/2018Read second time
02/13/2018Committee substitute rejected 18106996D-S1
02/13/2018Floor substitute printed 18107129D-S2 (Dunnavant and Chase)
02/13/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/13/2018Substitute by Senators Dunnavant and Chase agreed to 18107129D-S2
02/13/2018Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB915S2
02/13/2018Substitute bill reprinted 18107129D-S2
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Placed on Calendar
02/19/2018Read first time
02/19/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/2018Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB915S2)
03/05/2018Reported from Appropriations with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Read second time
03/08/2018Passed by for the day
03/10/2018Failed to pass in Senate
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass