Health insurance; cost-sharing payments for prescription asthma inhalers. (HB1822)

Introduced By

Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; cost-sharing payments for prescription asthma inhalers. Prohibits health insurance companies and other carriers from setting an amount exceeding $50 per 30-day supply of a tier one or tier two prescription asthma inhaler that a covered person is required to pay at the point of sale in order to receive a covered prescription asthma inhaler unless the carrier is prohibited from providing the additional benefits under state or federal law. The measure also prohibits a provider contract between a carrier or its pharmacy benefits manager and a pharmacy from containing a provision (i) authorizing the carrier's pharmacy benefits manager or the pharmacy to charge, (ii) requiring the pharmacy to collect, or (iii) requiring a covered person to make a cost-sharing payment for a covered prescription asthma inhaler in an amount that exceeds such limitation. The provisions apply with respect to health plans and provider contracts entered into, amended, extended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101636D
01/06/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2021Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1822)
01/19/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendment(s) (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2021Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/01/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
02/01/2021Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Read first time
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Committee on Labor and Commerce amendments agreed to
02/03/2021Committee on Appropriations amendments agreed to
02/03/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1822E
02/03/2021Printed as engrossed 21101636D-E
02/04/2021Read third time and passed House (91-Y 7-N)
02/04/2021VOTE: Passage (91-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1822E)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (5-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)