Telemedicine; coverage of telehealth services by an insurer, etc. (HB1987)

Introduced By

Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond) with support from 36 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Candi King (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall), Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Chris Head (R-Roanoke), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. Danica Roem (D-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Telemedicine. Requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to amend the state plan for medical assistance to provide for payment of medical assistance for remote patient monitoring services provided via telemedicine for certain high-risk patients, makes clear that nothing shall preclude health insurance carriers from providing coverage for services delivered through real-time audio-only telephone that are not telemedicine, and clarifies rules around the prescribing of Schedule II through VI drugs via telemedicine, including establishing a practitioner-patient relationship via telemedicine. This bill is identical to SB 1338. Read the Bill »


03/24/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102502D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2021Assigned HWI sub: Health
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1987)
01/26/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103569D-H1
01/26/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/2021Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/28/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1987H1)
01/29/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2021Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103569D-H1
02/02/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1987EH1
02/02/2021Printed as engrossed 21103569D-EH1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/03/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/03/2021Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1987EH1)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Assigned Education sub: Health
02/18/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2021Committee substitute printed 21200364D-S1
02/18/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1987S1)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200364D-S1
02/22/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1987S1
02/22/2021Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 97-N)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate substitute rejected by House 21200364D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N)
02/24/2021Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2021House acceded to request
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Adams, D.M., Sickles, Orrock
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Hashmi, Barker, Pillion
02/26/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (99-Y 0-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1987ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/10/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1987ER)
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 301 (effective 7/1/21)
03/24/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0301)