Health Enterprise Zone Program and Fund; established, report. (HB608)

Introduced By

Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health Enterprise Zone Program and Fund. Establishes the Health Enterprise Zone Program and Fund to target state resources to (i) reduce racial, ethnic, and geographic health disparities; (ii) improve access to health care in underserved communities; (iii) reduce hospital admission and readmission rates; and (iv) reduce health care costs in the Commonwealth. The bill establishes eligibility criteria for localities seeking designation as health enterprise zones and provides for the payment of funds from the Health Enterprise Zone Fund to designated localities for (a) implementation of strategies and interventions proposed in the application for designation as a health enterprise zone and (b) provision of education loan repayment assistance or financial assistance to defray the cost of capital improvements or equipment purchase by health care providers in the health enterprise zone, as described in the application for designation as a health enterprise zone. The bill requires the State Department of Health to report annually by December 1 to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations and Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committees on Finance and Education and Health on the status of the Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2025. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101235D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB608)
01/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20106117D-H1
01/30/2020Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/30/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB608H1)
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 1-N)
02/11/2020Left in Appropriations

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