Nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospice facilities; public health emergency, etc. (SB5042)

Introduced By

Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospices; visitation; public health emergency. Requires the Board of Health to amend regulations governing nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospices to require that, during a public health emergency related to COVID-19, each nursing home, certified nursing facility, and hospice establish a protocol to allow each patient to receive visits, consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Board of Health. The bill contains an emergency clause and requires the Department of Health to promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of the act to be effective within 280 days of its enactment. This bill is identical to HB 5041. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Passed


08/15/2020Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 08/18/20 20200357D
08/15/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
08/19/2020Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
08/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5042)
08/26/2020Passed by for the day
08/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5042S1)
08/27/2020Floor substitute printed 20201019D-S1 (Kiggans)
08/27/2020Read second time
08/27/2020Amendments by Senator Cosgrove withdrawn
08/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
08/27/2020Substitute by Senator Kiggans agreed to 20201019D-S1
08/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB5042S1
08/28/2020Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5042S1)
09/17/2020Placed on Calendar
09/17/2020Read first time
09/17/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
09/17/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/17/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/24/2020Read second time
09/25/2020Read third time
09/25/2020Committee amendments agreed to
09/25/2020Engrossed by House as amended
09/25/2020Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
09/25/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/02/2020House amendments agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
10/07/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB5042ER)
10/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5042ER)
10/07/2020Signed by President
10/07/2020Signed by Speaker
10/14/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on October 14, 2020
10/14/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., October 21, 2020
10/21/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 11 (effective 10/21/20)
10/21/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0011)