Medical Excellence Zone Program; VDH to determine feasibility of establishment. (HB1701)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Health; Department of Health Professions Medical Excellence Zone Program; telemedicine; reciprocal agreements. Directs the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of establishing a Medical Excellence Zone Program to allow citizens of the Commonwealth living in rural underserved areas to receive medical treatment via telemedicine services from providers licensed or registered in a state that is contiguous with the Commonwealth and directs the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with such states for licensure for certain primary care practitioners licensed by the Board of Medicine. The bill requires the Department of Health to set out the criteria that would be required for a locality or group of localities in the Commonwealth to be eligible for the designation as a medical excellence zone and report its findings to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020. The bill states that reciprocal agreements with states that are contiguous with the Commonwealth for the licensure of doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathic medicine, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners shall only require that a person hold a current, unrestricted license in the other jurisdiction and that no grounds exist for denial based on the acts of unprofessional conduct. The Department of Health Professions is required to report on its progress in establishing such agreements to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020. The bill requires the Board of Medicine to prioritize applications for licensure by endorsement as a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine, a physician assistant, or a nurse practitioner from such states through a streamlined process with a final determination regarding qualification to be made within 20 days of the receipt of a completed application. This bill is identical to SB 757. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105444D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/22/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1701)
01/29/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107091D-H1
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1701H1)
02/04/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107091D-H1
02/06/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1701H1
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health (13-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 (HB1701ER)
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1701ER)
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
03/18/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 368 (effective 7/1/20)
03/18/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0368)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.