Health insurance; credentialing, mental health professionals. (SB1685)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from co-patron Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; credentialing; mental health professionals. Requires health insurers and other carriers that credential the mental health professionals in their provider networks to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing a mental health professional who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier, after being credentialed by the carrier, for mental health services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicant's completed credentialing application is pending. The measure requires health maintenance organizations that issue Medicaid coverage to provide reimbursement to physicians and mental health professionals during the credentialing process. Under current law, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicaid plans are excluded from such requirement. The measure provides that health insurers that credential mental health professionals in their network may establish reasonable protocols and procedures for credentialing private mental health agencies. The bill establishes minimum standards that must be maintained by credentialed private mental health agencies. Read the Bill »


02/14/2019: passed committee


01/14/2019Presented and ordered printed 19103738D
01/14/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/2019Impact statement from SCC (SB1685)
01/31/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Committee substitute printed 19105550D-S1
02/01/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105550D-S1
02/04/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1685S1
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2019Impact statement from SCC (SB1685S1)
02/14/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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