Health insurance; association health plans. (HB795)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth), Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; association health plans. Provides that for policies of group accident and sickness insurance issued to an association, members of such an association may include (i) a self-employed individual and (ii) an employer member with at least one employee that is domiciled in the Commonwealth. The bill provides that for such policies issued to an association that covers at least 51 members and employees of employer members of such association on the first day of the plan year the policies shall be considered a large group market plan and are required to meet various provisions in the bill. The bill provides that to determine the size of an association all of the members and employees of employer members are aggregated and treated as employed by a single employer. The bill requires an insurer issuing a policy to an association to (a) treat all of the members and employees of employer members who are enrolled in coverage under the policy as a single risk pool; (b) set premiums based on the collective group experience of the members and employees of employer members who are enrolled in coverage under the policy; (c) vary premiums by age, except that the rate shall not vary by more than five to one for adults; (d) not vary premiums based on gender; and (e) not establish discriminatory rules based on the health status of an employer member, an individual employee of an employer member, or a self-employed individual for eligibility or contribution. The bill requires the Commissioner of Insurance to initiate proceedings to apply to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for a state innovation waiver under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, to implement the provisions of the bill and within 180 days of a certain judicial order to submit the waiver request to implement the provisions of the bill regarding association health plans. This bill is identical to SB 235. Read the Bill »


03/07/2020: Passed the General Assembly


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102732D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #2
01/23/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB795)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
01/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106947D-H1
01/28/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Read first time
01/31/2020Read second time
01/31/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106947D-H1
01/31/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB795H1
02/03/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB795H1)
02/17/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Committee substitute printed 20108498D-S1
02/19/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Read third time
02/20/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108498D-S1
02/20/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB795S1
02/20/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB795S1)
02/24/2020Placed on Calendar
02/24/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108498D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate requested conference committee
02/27/2020House acceded to request
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: Hurst, Guzman, Kilgore
03/02/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/02/2020Senators: Barker, Marsden, Newman
03/03/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/03/2020Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 3-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Agree To (93-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB795ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/08/2020Signed by Speaker
03/10/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB795ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020Pending question ordered
04/22/2020House rejected Governor's recommendation (26-Y 68-N)
04/22/2020Motion by Delegate Gilbert to pass in erolled form rejected (50-Y 43-N)
04/22/2020(Requires affirmative vote of 2/3 of members present)
04/22/2020Communicated to Governor
04/22/2020VOTE: (26-Y 68-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: Agree to (50-Y 43-N)
04/29/2020Ccommunicated to Governor on April 29, 2020
04/29/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020
04/29/2020Communicated to Governor on April 29, 2020
05/01/2020VOTE: (26-Y 68-N)
05/01/2020VOTE: Agree to (50-Y 43-N)


Virginia Poverty Law Center, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VPLC opposes