Group health benefit plans; sponsoring associations, formation of benefits consortium. (HB101)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Group health benefit plans; sponsoring associations; formation of benefits consortium. Provides that sponsoring associations, including self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangements, may provide health benefit plans for small employers in the form of a trust benefit consortium, subject to certain requirements. The bill includes conditions for qualifying as a sponsoring association, requirements for the formation of a trust benefits consortium, and provisions to establish a board of trustees. Under the bill, such trust benefits consortium is subject to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and U.S. Department of Labor regulations and such trust shall not include certain words or terms in its name that are uniquely descriptive of insurance companies or business, and a statement to this effect is required to be included on the first page of the health benefit plan documents. A benefits consortium or sponsoring association is exempt from the requirements of the Virginia Life, Accident and Sickness Insurance Guaranty Association and exempt from annual license taxes under the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102793D
01/06/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
01/27/2022Impact statement from SCC (HB101)
02/15/2022Left in Commerce and Energy

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB245.