Health insurance; catastrophic health plans. (SB964)

Introduced By

Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; catastrophic health plans. Authorizes health carriers to offer catastrophic plans on the individual market and to offer such plans to all individuals. The measure provides that a catastrophic plan is deemed to provide an essential health benefits package and to meet certain requirements of federal law. A catastrophic plan is a high-deductible health care plan that provides essential health benefits and coverage for at least three primary care visits per policy year. Under the federal Affordable Care Act, catastrophic plans satisfy requirements that health benefit plans provide minimum levels of coverage only if they cover individuals who are under 30 years of age or who qualify for a hardship exemption or affordability exemption. The measure requires the Commissioner of Insurance to apply to the federal government for a state innovation waiver allowing the implementation of the provision. The provision will become effective 30 days after the Commissioner notifies certain persons that the request has been approved. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104904D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB964)
02/05/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/12/2018Reported from Finance (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Read second time and engrossed
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 Commerce and Labor
03/01/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Committee substitute printed 18107633D-H1
03/05/2018Read second time
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107633D-H1
03/06/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB964H1
03/06/2018Passed House with substitute (51-Y 46-N)
03/06/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018House substitute agreed to by Senate (33-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Title replaced 18107633D-H1
03/09/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB964ER)
03/09/2018Signed by Speaker
03/10/2018Signed by President
03/12/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB964H1)
03/13/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB964ER)
03/20/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2018
03/20/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/18/2018Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (19-Y 20-N)
04/18/2018Communicated to Governor
04/18/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 18, 2018
05/18/2018G Vetoed by Governor


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.