Health insurance; tobacco surcharge. (SB422)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; tobacco surcharge. Eliminates the authority of a health carrier to vary its premium rates based on tobacco use. Under current law, a health carrier may charge premium rates up to 1.5 times higher for a tobacco user than for a nonuser. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care, and the provisions of the bill shall apply to health benefit plans providing individual or small group health insurance coverage beginning on January 1, 2023. This bill is identical to HB 675. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103427D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2022Impact statement from SCC (SB422)
01/24/2022Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (10-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/26/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Read second time
01/27/2022Reading of amendment waived
01/27/2022Committee amendment agreed to
01/27/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB422E
01/27/2022Printed as engrossed 22103427D-E
01/28/2022Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Impact statement from SCC (SB422E)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
03/03/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Read second time
03/08/2022Read third time
03/08/2022Passed House (61-Y 37-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB422ER)
03/10/2022Impact statement from SCC (SB422ER)
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
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 Vetoed by Governor
04/27/2022Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Requires 2/3 affirmative votes to pass in enrolled form
04/27/2022Senate sustained Governor's veto

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB675.