Health insurance; coverage for essential health benefits, preventive services. (SB95)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; essential health benefits; preventive services. Requires a health carrier offering or providing a health benefit plan, including (i) catastrophic health insurance policies and policies that pay on a cost-incurred basis; (ii) association health plans; and (iii) plans provided by a multiple-employer welfare arrangement, to provide, as an essential health benefit, coverage that includes preventive care. The bill defines essential health benefits as those general categories and those items and services within such categories that are covered in accordance with regulations issued pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect as of January 1, 2019. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/03/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100541D
12/03/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB95)
01/27/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Read second time
01/30/2020Reading of amendment waived
01/30/2020Committee amendment agreed to
01/30/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB95E
01/30/2020Printed as engrossed 20100541D-E
01/31/2020Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB95E)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/14/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #2
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/25/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/25/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendments (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/28/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/28/2020Passed House with amendments (58-Y 42-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Passage (58-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House amendments agreed to by Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Chair votes Yes
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB95ER)
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB95ER)
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
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1160 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1160)


Dianne Rencsok writes:

This bill appears to clarify aspects of health care that yield a healthier community, as well as offer support for people having problems getting some essential care. Current wording is too vague and needs to be updated by passing this bill.