Hospitals; price transparency. (HB481)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patron Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals; price transparency. Requires every hospital to make information about standard charges for items and services provided by the hospital available on the hospital's website by July 1, 2023. The bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to develop recommendations for implementation of the bill and to report those recommendations to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by November 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101862D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/19/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB481)
01/21/2022Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/08/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Committee substitute printed 22106360D-H1
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB481H1)
02/13/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106360D-H1
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB481H1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/2022Assigned Education sub: Health
03/01/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
03/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22107208D-S1
03/03/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/04/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB481S1)
03/07/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Read third time
03/08/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/08/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107208D-S1
03/08/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB481S1
03/08/2022Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22107208D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Adoption (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB481ER)
03/11/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB481ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 297 (effective 7/1/23)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0297)


Arthur Purves writes:

Congratulations to Democrat Delegate Dan Helmer for sponsoring this excellent bill.

Note it passed the Republican-controlled House of Delegates 98-1.

It would bring price competition into health care, forcing providers to compete on price. More than anything else, price competition will bring down medical costs. Price competition is absent in hospital costs.

Bill Peabody writes:

How about getting rid of copn?

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