Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; victims of sexual assault, report. (SB949)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; uncompensated medical costs; victims of sexual assault. Adds to those persons invited to participate in the annual meeting of the group led by the attorney for the Commonwealth to coordinate the multidisciplinary response to criminal sexual assault in each political subdivision (i) local health department district directors; (ii) the administrator of each licensed hospital within the jurisdiction; (iii) the director of each health safety net clinic within the jurisdiction; and (iv) any other local health care providers, or their designees, and authorizes attorneys for the Commonwealth to conduct the sexual assault response team annual meetings using other methods, such as electronic communication means, to encourage attendance. The bill also directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to establish a work group to evaluate the feasibility of moving responsibility for the SAFE program from the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission to the Department of Medical Assistance Services and to provide recommendations related to (i) the feasibility and cost of expanding the type of services for which the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund will make awards to include claims or portions of claims based on the claimant's actual expenses incurred for unreimbursed medical costs resulting from sexual abuse, including the cost of physical evidence recovery kit examinations conducted on victims of sexual assault, unreimbursed medical expenses or indebtedness reasonably incurred for medical expenses, expenses attributable to pregnancy resulting from such sexual abuse, and any other reasonable and necessary expenses and indebtedness associated with or attributable to the sexual abuse upon which such claim is based and (ii) the feasibility of transferring responsibility from the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission to the Department of Medical Assistance Services for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination program (the SAFE program) and related claims for medical expenses related to sexual assault, strangulation, domestic and intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and adult and child abuse. If the work group finds that it is not feasible to move responsibility for the SAFE program and related claims from the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission to the Department of Medical Assistance Services, the work group shall develop recommendations for creation of an efficient, seamless electronic medical claim processing system for hospitals and health care providers that coordinates payments from all available sources, suppresses explanations of benefits, and removes the patient from the medical billing and reimbursement process. The work group's report shall include specific legislative, regulatory, and budgetary changes necessary to implement the work group's recommendations. The work group shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations, and the Joint Commission on Health Care by September 1, 2020. This bill is identical to HB 806. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104828D
01/13/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/22/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB949)
01/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB949)
02/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20106731D-S1
02/03/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB949S1)
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB949S1)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106731D-S1
02/11/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB949ES1
02/11/2020Printed as engrossed 20106731D-ES1
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (32-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB949ES1)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2020Referred from Courts of Justice
02/19/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20109060D-H1
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB949H1)
02/25/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109060D-H1
02/28/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB949H1
02/28/2020Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Title replaced 20109060D-H1
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB949ER)
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB949ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1073 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1073)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB806.