Contract actions; collection of medical debt, definition. (HB34)

Introduced By

Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg), and Sen. Aaron Rouse (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Contract actions; medical debt. Provides that in any action, including those brought by the Commonwealth, upon any contract to collect medical debt, as defined in the bill, such an action is barred if not commenced within three years from the due date applicable to the first invoice for a health care service unless the contract with a hospital or health care provider is for a payment plan that allows for a longer period of time for the collection of debt by the hospital or health care provider. The bill specifies that such limitation shall not apply to medical debt arising from services provided by programs administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/18/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101239D
12/18/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2024Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/17/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/17/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
01/19/2024House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2024Committee substitute printed 24104549D-H1
01/19/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2024Read first time
01/24/2024Read second time
01/24/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24104549D-H1
01/24/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB34H1
01/25/2024Passed by for the day
01/26/2024Read third time and passed House (49-Y 46-N)
01/26/2024VOTE: Passage (49-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/14/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/29/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/29/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2024Courts of Justice Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2024Finance and Appropriations Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/2024Passed Senate with amendments (26-Y 14-N)
03/06/2024Senate amendments agreed to by House (51-Y 46-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 46-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB34ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2024House concurred in Governor's recommendation (52-Y 48-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 48-N)
04/17/2024Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/17/2024G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/17/2024Reenrolled bill text (HB34ER2)
04/17/2024Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/17/2024Signed by President as reenrolled
04/17/2024Enacted, Chapter 800 (effective 7/1/24)

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