Nursing homes, certified nursing, or hospice facility; patient visitation, notice to family. (HB5121)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), Del. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater), Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Health; public health emergency; patient visitation; notice to family; emergency. Requires each nursing home, certified nursing facility, and hospice facility to allow each patient to receive visits, either virtually or in person, at least once per week from family or any person designated by the patient. If such visits are conducted virtually, each such facility shall provide access to equipment and staff support that (i) allows each patient the ability to schedule and receive no less than one virtual visit per week and (ii) provides both visual and sound technology allowing the patient to interact with persons outside the facility, unless the patient or power of attorney of the patient waives such rights to virtual visitation and such waiver is noted in the care plan for the patient. Any person visiting a patient in person may be required to comply with all reasonable requirements of such facility adopted to protect the health and safety of patients and staff of the facility. Each such facility shall publish on its website or provide written communication of its plan for providing virtual or in-person family visits. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/24/2020Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 20200945D
08/24/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
08/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5121)
11/09/2020Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions