Health insurance; association health plans. (SB235)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)


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 (a) with at least one employee that is domiciled in the Commonwealth or (b) that has a principal place of business that does not exceed the boundaries of a metropolitan area that is at least partially 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 (1) treat all of the members and employees of employer members who are enrolled in coverage under the policy as a single risk pool; (2) set premiums based on the collective group experience of the members and employees of employer members who are enrolled in coverage under the policy; (3) vary premiums by age, except that the rate shall not vary by more than 5 to 1 for adults; (4) not vary premiums based on gender; (5) 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, within 90 days of the enactment of the bill, 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. The provisions of the bill regarding association health plans will become effective 30 days following the date the Commissioner of Insurance notifies the Governor and the Chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Commerce and Labor of federal approval of such waiver. Read the Bill »


02/03/2020: In Committee


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101513D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2020Assigned C&L sub: Health Insurance
01/16/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB235)
01/20/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2020Committee substitute printed 20106105D-S1
01/22/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Read second time
01/23/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/23/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106105D-S1
01/23/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB235S1
01/23/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB235S1)
01/24/2020Passed by for the day
01/27/2020Passed by for the day
01/28/2020Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Reading of amendments waived
01/28/2020Amendments by Senator Barker agreed to
01/28/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB235ES1
01/28/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Printed as engrossed 20106105D-ES1
02/03/2020Placed on Calendar
02/03/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/05/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB235ES1)


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