Higher educational institutions, public; collection of debts by hospitals affiliated w/institutions. (HB1226)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), and Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Collection of debts by hospitals affiliated with public institutions of higher education. Prohibits the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority and the University of Virginia Medical Center from participating in debt collection efforts pursuant to the Virginia Debt Collection Act or the Setoff Debt Collection Act unless all reasonable efforts have been made to determine if the individual with delinquent debt is eligible for financial assistance. The bill requires both hospitals to develop debt collection policies that adhere, at a minimum, to Internal Revenue Service policies regarding financial assistance by tax-exempt hospitals as they were in effect on January 1, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103924D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2020Referred from General Laws
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/22/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1226)
01/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20106870D-H1
01/30/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2020Reported from Appropriations (18-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106870D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1226H1
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1226H1)
02/14/2020Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1226ER)
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1226ER)
02/28/2020Signed by Speaker
03/02/2020Signed by President
03/11/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2020
03/11/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/31/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 577 (effective 7/1/20)
03/31/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0577)


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 2 minutes.