2020 VAND Legislative Tracking
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HB39SamirahHealth benefit plans; enrollment by pregnant individuals. Requires health carriers to allow pregnant individuals to enroll in a health benefit plan at any time after the commencement of the pregnancy, with the pregnant individual's coverage being effective as of the first of the month in which the individual receives certification of the pregnancy. The measure applies to such agreements that are entered into, amended, extended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.02/06/20 H Continued to 2021 in Labor and CommerceDEFEATED
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HB119KnightMilk; definition; misbranding; prohibition. Defines milk as the lacteal secretion of a healthy hooved mammal and provides that a food product is unlawfully misbranded if its label states that it is milk and it fails to meet such definition, except for human breast milk. The bill directs the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to implement a plan to ban all products misbranded as milk.
01/30/20 S Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural ResourcesIN PROGRESS
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HB342BellMeals tax and county food and beverage tax; exemption for farmers market and roadside stand sales up to $2,500. Exempts from meals tax, which may be imposed by any city or town, and food and beverage tax, which may be imposed by any county, sales by sellers at local farmers markets and roadside stands, when such sellers' annual income from such sales does not exceed $2,500.02/06/20 S Referred to Committee on Finance and AppropriationsIN PROGRESS
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HB566GuzmanEligibility for food stamps and TANF; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a drug-related felony. Under current law, such individuals may not be denied food stamp benefits based on a felony conviction of possession of a controlled substance in violation of § 18.2-250, provided that such person is complying with, or has already complied with, all obligations imposed by the criminal court, is actively engaged in or has completed a substance abuse treatment program, participates in periodic drug screenings, and meets any other obligations as determined by the Department of Social Services. The bill also provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive TANF benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in violation of § 18.2-250.02/10/20 H Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)IN PROGRESS
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HB608MiyaresHealth Enterprise Zone Program and Fund. Establishes the Health Enterprise Zone Program and Fund to target state resources to (i) reduce racial, ethnic, and geographic health disparities; (ii) improve access to health care in underserved communities; (iii) reduce hospital admission and readmission rates; and (iv) reduce health care costs in the Commonwealth. The bill establishes eligibility criteria for localities seeking designation as health enterprise zones and provides for the payment of funds from the Health Enterprise Zone Fund to designated localities for (i) implementation of strategies and interventions proposed in the application for designation as a health enterprise zone and (ii) provision of education loan repayment assistance or financial assistance to defray the cost of capital improvements or equipment purchase by health care providers in the health enterprise zone, as described in the application for designation as a health enterprise zone. The bill requires the State Department of Health to report annually by December 1 to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations and Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committees on Finance and Education and Health on the status of the Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2025.02/11/20 H Left in AppropriationsDEFEATED
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HB612PlumHealth insurance; amino acid-based elemental formula. Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations whose policy, contract, or plan includes coverage for medicines to cover amino acid-based elemental formula for the treatment of specified diseases or disorders.

02/11/20 H Left in Labor and CommerceDEFEATED
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HB645PriceHealth insurance; coverage for diabetes. Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations to include coverage for insulin, certain equipment, certain supplies, regular foot care and eye care exams, and up to three in-person outpatient self-management training and education visits upon an individual's initial diagnosis of diabetes and up to two such visits upon a significant change in an individual's condition. The bill provides greater specificity than the current law requiring coverage for equipment, supplies, and self-management training and education visits. The bill also provides that benefits or services required for the treatment of diabetes is exempt from any deductible. The provisions apply to any insurance policy, contract, or plan delivered, issued for delivery, reissued, or extended on and after January 1, 2021, or at any time thereafter when any term of the policy, contract, or plan is changed or any premium adjustment is made.02/11/20 H Left in Labor and CommerceDEFEATED
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HB697RoemSchool meal policies. Requires each local school board to adopt policies that prohibit school board employees from requiring a student who cannot pay for a meal at school or who owes a school meal debt to throw away or discard a meal after it has been served to him.02/10/20 S Referred to Committee on Education and HealthIN PROGRESS
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HB698RoemSchool boards; distribution of excess food. Allows public school boards to distribute excess food to low-income students eligible for the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or to low-income students that the school board determines are otherwise eligible to receive excess food.02/10/20 S Referred to Committee on Education and HealthIN PROGRESS
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HB701RoemSchool boards; school meal policies; parental notification and opt-out. Requires each school board to adopt policies that (i) require each elementary and secondary school in the school division to send to the parents of each student by the end of the first week of the school year notice of the consequences of school meal debt and the school board policy and procedure relating to such debt, including any requirement that such student be served an alternative meal or be required to dispose of meals served to him while such debt remains unpaid; (ii) require any elementary or secondary school in the school division to resend such notice to the parents of any student who accrues a school meal debt before the consequences of such debt go into effect; and (iii) require the parents of any student who do not want their child to be served a school meal to submit a written request to the student's school.02/11/20 H Left in EducationDEFEATED
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HB703RoemSchool meal debt; donations. Permits any school board to solicit and receive any donation or other funds for the purpose of eliminating or offsetting any school meal debt at any time during the school year and requires each school board to use any such funds solely for such purpose, provided, however, that no such funds are obtained in an illegal or illicit manner. The bill provides that if a school board receives a donation that does not entirely eliminate or offset the total school meal debt at any time during the school year, the school board shall distribute the donation proportionately among each school meal debt.02/10/20 S Referred to Committee on Education and HealthIN PROGRESS
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HB822HeadHealth insurance; credentialing; health care providers. Requires health insurers and other carriers that credential certain health professionals in their provider networks to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing such a professional who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier, within 15 days of being credentialed by the carrier, for services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicant's completed credentialing application is pending. The bill makes this requirement applicable to a person, corporation, facility, or institution licensed by the Commonwealth to provide health care or professional services as a physician or hospital, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse or person who holds a multistate privilege to practice such nursing under the Nurse Licensure Compact, nurse practitioner, optometrist, podiatrist, physician assistant, chiropractor, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed dental hygienist, health maintenance organization, or emergency medical care attendant or technician who provides services on a fee basis. Such a requirement exists in current law for participating physicians and participating mental health professionals but without a time limit for reimbursement. The bill applies the 15-day limit to such participating physicians and participating mental health professionals.02/04/20 S Referred to Committee on Commerce and LaborIN PROGRESS
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HB840MurphyHealth insurance; formula and enteral nutrition products. Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations whose policy, contract, or plan includes coverage for medicines to classify medically necessary formula and enteral nutrition products as medicine and to include coverage for medically necessary formula and enteral nutrition products for covered individuals requiring treatment for an inherited metabolic disorder. Such coverage is required to be provided on the same terms and subject to the same conditions imposed on other medicines covered under the policy, contract, or plan. The measure provides that the required coverage includes any medical equipment, supplies, and services that are required to administer the covered formula or enteral nutrition products. These requirements apply only to formula and enteral nutrition products that are furnished pursuant to the prescription or order of a physician or other health care professional qualified to make such prescription or order for the management of an inherited metabolic disorder and are used under medical supervision.02/04/20 S Referred to Committee on Commerce and LaborIN PROGRESS
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HB1034RasoulLocal Food and Farming Infrastructure Fund; Grant Program. Establishes the Local Food and Farming Infrastructure Fund and directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish a Local Food and Farming Infrastructure Grant Program for infrastructure development projects that support local food production and sustainable farming. The bill directs the Department to award grants for projects that include the establishment or maintenance of farmers markets; businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of food products primarily from local and regional producers; and primarily locally owned processing facilities. The Department is required to adopt project eligibility criteria that favor projects that create infrastructure in proximity to small-scale rural agricultural producers.02/10/20 H Read third time and passed House (84-Y 15-N)IN PROGRESS
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HB1040RasoulNaturopathic doctors; license required. Requires the Board of Medicine to license and regulate naturopathic doctors, defined in the bill as an individual, other than a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry, who may diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals, using physiological, psychological, or physical methods, and who may also use natural medicines, prescriptions, legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies, including light and air.01/30/20 H Continued to 2021 with substitute in Health, Welfare and Institutions (11-Y 7-N)DEFEATED
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HB1147KeamEpinephrine required in certain public places. Requires public places to make epinephrine available for administration. The bill allows employees of such public places who are authorized by a prescriber and trained in the administration of epinephrine to possess and administer epinephrine to a person present in such public place believed in good faith to be having an anaphylactic reaction. The bill also provides that an employee of such public place who is authorized by a prescriber and trained in the administration of epinephrine and who administers or assists in the administration of epinephrine to a person present in the public place believed in good faith to be having an anaphylactic reaction, or is the prescriber of the epinephrine, shall not be liable for any civil damages for ordinary negligence in acts or omissions resulting from the rendering of such treatment.02/12/20 S Assigned Education sub: Health ProfessionsIN PROGRESS
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HB1410RoemFood stamps; Restaurant Meals Program. Directs the Department of Social Services to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill requires the Department to develop and implement a plan to begin such participation no later than January 1, 2021.02/10/20 H Read third time and passed House (54-Y 41-N 1-A)IN PROGRESS
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HB1509McQuinnVirginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund. Creates the Virginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund to provide funding for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects, defined in the bill, in underserved communities.02/11/20 H Read third time and passed House (84-Y 13-N 1-A)IN PROGRESS
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HJ18CarterStudy; JLARC; cost of implementing universal health care in the Commonwealth; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the cost of implementing universal health care in the Commonwealth.02/11/20 H Left in RulesDEFEATED
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SB95FavolaHealth insurance; essential health benefits; preventive services. Requires a health carrier offering or providing a health benefit plan, including (i) short-term and catastrophic health insurance policies, and policies that pay on a cost-incurred basis; (ii) association health plans; and (iii) plans provided by a multiple-employer welfare arrangement, to provide, as an essential health benefit, coverage that includes preventive care. Essential health benefits include items and services covered in accordance with regulations issued pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect as of January 1, 2019.01/31/20 S Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)IN PROGRESS
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SB124LockeEligibility for food stamps; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a drug-related felony. Under current law, a person otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied food stamp benefits based on a felony conviction of possession of a controlled substance in violation of § 18.2-250, provided that such person is complying with, or has already complied with, all obligations imposed by the criminal court, is actively engaged in or has completed a substance abuse treatment program, participates in periodic drug screenings, and fulfills any other obligations as determined by the Department of Social Services.01/27/20 S Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 17-N)IN PROGRESS
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SB155FavolaEligibility for TANF; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in violation of § 18.2-250, provided that such person is complying with, or has already complied with, all obligations imposed by the criminal court, is actively engaged in or has completed a substance abuse treatment program, participates in periodic drug screenings, and meets any other obligations as determined by the Department of Social Services.01/10/20 S Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB124-Locke) (15-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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SB605McDougleHealth insurance; formula and enteral nutrition products. Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations whose policy, contract, or plan includes coverage for medicines to classify medically necessary formula and enteral nutrition products as medicine and to include coverage for medically necessary formula and enteral nutrition products for covered individuals requiring treatment for an inherited metabolic disorder. Such coverage is required to be provided on the same terms and subject to the same conditions imposed on other medicines covered under the policy, contract, or plan. The measure provides that the required coverage includes any medical equipment, supplies, and services that are required to administer the covered formula or enteral nutrition products. These requirements apply only to formula and enteral nutrition products that are furnished pursuant to the prescription or order of a physician or other health care professional qualified to make such prescription or order for the management of an inherited metabolic disorder and are used under medical supervision.
01/31/20 S Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)IN PROGRESS
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SB654BoyskoHealth insurance; formula and enteral nutrition products. Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations whose policy, contract, or plan includes coverage for medicines to classify medically necessary formula and enteral nutrition products as medicine and to include coverage for medically necessary formula and enteral nutrition products for covered individuals requiring treatment for an inherited metabolic disorder. Such coverage is required to be provided on the same terms and subject to the same conditions imposed on other medicines covered under the policy, contract, or plan. The measure provides that the required coverage includes any medical equipment, supplies, and services that are required to administer the covered formula or enteral nutrition products. These requirements apply only to formula and enteral nutrition products that are furnished pursuant to the prescription or order of a physician or other health care professional qualified to make such prescription or order for the management of an inherited metabolic disorder and are used under medical supervision.01/20/20 S Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB605-McDougle) (15-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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SB858PetersenNaturopathic doctors; license required. Requires the Board of Medicine to license and regulate naturopathic doctors, defined in the bill as an individual, other than a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry, who may diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals, using physiological, psychological, or physical methods, and who may also use natural medicines, prescriptions, legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies, including light and air.01/30/20 S Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health with letter (10-Y 5-N)DEFEATED
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SB1073McClellanVirginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund. Creates the Virginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund to provide funding for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects, defined in the bill, in underserved communities.02/05/20 S Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)IN PROGRESS
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Budget Amendments
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140#1hGooditis(This amendment would fund a school nutrition integration and procurement specialist position for each superintendent's region in order to support local economic activity and increase the quantity of locally-sourced foods served in schools. These positions would serve as a liaison between local farmers and the school system and assist local farmers with necessary certifications. This proposal would help achieve the goal of having school nutrition programs increase local and healthy food purchases by $22 million by 2022.)
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95#1sMcClellan(This amendment provides $3.0 million GF in each year to establish the Virginia Food Access Investment Fund and Food Access Coordinator position at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.)
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350#4sPetersen(This amendment provides $750,000 each year from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant for a two-year eligible food incentive pilot program to provide families the funds to purchase "eligible incentive foods," which are staple foods that have been identified for increased consumption, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, whole grains, or products thereof.)
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4-14#2sPetersen(This amendment would repeal the tax credit for food crop donations, § 58.1-439.12:12 of the Code of Virginia. Current law provides a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the fair market value of food crops grown in Virginia and donated to a nonprofit food bank by a person engaged in the business of farming. The credit is currently capped at $250,000 per year.)
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95#1hMcQuinn(This amendment provides $3.0 million from the general fund each year and one positions for VDACS to establish and operate the Virginia Food Access Investment Program pursuant to House Bill 1509. The bill would authorize VDACS to identify eligible food access projects and provide grants for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects, defined in the bill, in underserved communities. Of the amounts provided, $500,000 each year is provided for the agency to create a Food Access Coordinator position, to support improving healthy food access for communities with limited access to fresh locally grown products.)
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350#7hAird(This amendment provides $750,000 each year from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant for a two-year eligible food incentive pilot program to provide families the funds to purchase "eligible incentive foods," which are staple foods that have been identified for increased consumption, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, whole grains, or products thereof.)
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350Governor$12 million from TANF for a 2 year summer feeding pilot-program (June 2020-August 2022)
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350Governor$375,000 from TANF to manage two-year summer feeding pilot-program
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356Governor$3 million from TANF for VA Federation of Food Banks to provide child nutrition programs
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145Governor$15 million to continue state funded incentive program to increase student participation in school breakfast program
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145Governor$2 million for breakfast after the bell programs
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145Governor$10.6 million to reduce or eliminate the cost of breakfast/lunch for federally eligible reduced price meals
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DMASGovernorCover preventive care for Medicaid as is done under expansion
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DMASGovernorExtend postpartum coverage for FAMIS MOMS from 60 days to 12 months ($3.2 million GF, $6 million NGF)
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DMASGovernorImplement home visiting benefit for pregnant and postpartum women at risk of poor health outcomes by 7/1/2021, after working with relevant stakeholders to develop benefit.
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VDACSGovernor$500,000 to hire three food safety inspectors and enhance the food safety inspection program
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