COVID-19; DMAS shall deem testing, treatment, and vaccination to be emergency services. (HB2124)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from 19 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park), Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Medical Assistance Services; testing for, treatment of, and vaccination against COVID-19; emergency services. Directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services, during a public health emergency related to COVID-19 declared by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, to deem testing for, treatment of, and vaccination against COVID-19 to be emergency services for which payment may be made pursuant to federal law for certain aliens not lawfully admitted for permanent residence. The provisions of the bill will not become effective unless the federal government no longer funds reimbursement of claims covered by the provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »

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03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/21 21102611D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/21/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/22/2021Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2124)
01/27/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 2-N)
01/27/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (12-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Committee amendment agreed to
01/29/2021Amendments by Delegate Lopez agreed to
01/29/2021Emergency clause deleted
01/29/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB2124E
01/29/2021Printed as engrossed 21102611D-E
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2124E)
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
02/18/2021Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2021Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 1-N)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate amendment agreed to by House (61-Y 38-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Adoption (61-Y 38-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2124ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/10/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2124ER)
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
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 476 (effective - see bill)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0476)