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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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HB42SamirahHealth care providers; screening of patients for prenatal and postpartum depression; training. Directs the Board of Medicine to annually issue a communication to every practitioner licensed by the Board who provides primary, maternity, obstetrical, or gynecological health care services reiterating the standard of care pertaining to prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression and encouraging practitioners to screen every patient who is pregnant or who has been pregnant within the previous five years for prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression, as clinically appropriate. The bill requires the Board to include in such communication information about the factors that may increase susceptibility of certain patients to prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression, including racial and economic disparities, and to encourage providers to remain cognizant of the increased risk of depression for such patients.04/06/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 709 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB115HopePrograms to address career fatigue and wellness in certain health care providers; civil immunity. Expands civil immunity for health care professionals serving as members of or consultants to entities that function primarily to review, evaluate, or make recommendations related to health care services to include health care professionals serving as members of or consultants to entities that function primarily to address issues related to career fatigue and wellness in health care professionals licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine or licensed as a physician assistant. The bill also clarifies that, absent evidence indicating a reasonable probability that a health care professional who is a participant in a professional program to address issues related to career fatigue or wellness is not competent to continue in practice or is a danger to himself, his patients, or the public, participation in such a professional program does not trigger the requirement that the health care professional be reported to the Department of Health Professions. The bill contains an emergency clause.03/08/20 H Enacted, Chapter 198 (effective 3/08/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB348DavisHealth insurance; authorization of drug prescribed by psychiatrist. Requires that any provider contract between a carrier and a participating health care provider with prescriptive authority, or its contracting agent, provide that no prior authorization is required for any drug prescribed by a psychiatrist, if (i) the drug is a covered benefit, (ii) the prescription does not exceed the FDA-labeled dosages, and (iii) the drug is prescribed consistent with the regulations of the Board of Medicine.02/11/20 H Left in AppropriationsDEFEATED
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HB362RasoulCapacity determinations; physician assistant. Expands the class of health care practitioners who can make the determination that a patient is incapable of making informed decisions to include a licensed physician assistant. The bill provides that such determination shall be made in writing following an in-person examination of the person and certified by the physician assistant. This bill is identical to SB 544.03/02/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 40 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB378RasoulComprehensive harm reduction programs; public health emergency; repeal sunset. Repeals the sunset on the program established in 2017 that allows the Commissioner of Health to establish and operate local or regional comprehensive harm reduction programs during a declared public health emergency that include a provision for the distribution of sterile hypodermic needles and syringes and the disposal of used hypodermic needles and syringes.03/10/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 212 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB386HopeDepartment of Health Professions; conversion therapy prohibited. Prohibits any health care provider or person who performs counseling as part of his training for any profession licensed by a regulatory board of the Department of Health Professions from engaging in conversion therapy, as defined in the bill, with any person under 18 years of age and provides that such counseling constitutes unprofessional conduct and is grounds for disciplinary action. The bill provides that no state funds shall be expended for the purpose of conducting conversion therapy, referring a person for conversion therapy, extending health benefits coverage for conversion therapy, or awarding a grant or contract to any entity that conducts conversion therapy or refers individuals for conversion therapy.
03/02/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 41 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB462SullivanSecretary of Health and Human Resources; task force; shortage of certified sexual assault nurse examiners in the Commonwealth; report. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to establish a task force to study the shortage of certified sexual assault nurse examiners in the Commonwealth. The task force shall report its findings and conclusions, together with specific recommendations for legislative, regulatory, and budgetary actions, to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2020.02/28/20 S Stricken at request of Patron in Rules (14-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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HB471CollinsHealth professionals; unprofessional conduct; reporting. Requires the chief executive officer and the chief of staff of every hospital or other health care institution in the Commonwealth, the director of every licensed home health or hospice organization, the director of every accredited home health organization exempt from licensure, the administrator of every licensed assisted living facility, and the administrator of every provider licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in the Commonwealth to report to the Department of Health Professions any information of which he may become aware in his professional capacity that he has determined, in good faith, after investigation, review, or consultation, if and as needed, with the appropriate internal boards or committees authorized to impose disciplinary action on a health professional, indicates that there is a reasonable probability that such health professional may have engaged in unethical, fraudulent, or unprofessional conduct. Current law requires information to be reported if the information indicates, after reasonable investigation and consultation with the appropriate internal boards or committees authorized to impose disciplinary action on a health professional, a reasonable probability that such health professional may have engaged in unethical, fraudulent, or unprofessional conduct.03/02/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 45 (effective 7/1/20)SUPPORTAPPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB474GuzmanCertified community health workers. Establishes requirements for use of the title "certified community health worker."01/28/20 H Incorporated by Health, Welfare and Institutions (HB688-Aird)DEFEATED
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HB475MullinVirginia sexual assault forensic examiner coordination program. Establishes the Virginia sexual assault forensic examiner coordination program within the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The bill requires the head of the program to create and coordinate an annual statewide sexual assault forensic nurse examiner training program; coordinate the development and enhancement of sexual assault forensic examiner programs across the Commonwealth; participate in the development of hospital protocols and guidelines for treatment of survivors of sexual assault; coordinate and strengthen communications among sexual assault nurse examiner medical directors, sexual assault response teams, and hospitals for existing and developing sexual assault nurse examiner programs; provide technical assistance for existing and developing sexual assault forensic examiner programs; create and maintain a statewide list, updated biannually, that includes pertinent information regarding sexual assault forensic examiners and nurse examiners; create sexual assault nurse examiner recruitment materials for universities and colleges with nursing programs; and support and coordinate community education and public outreach, when appropriate, relating to sexual assault nurse examiner issues for the Commonwealth. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.03/11/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 274 (effective - see bill)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB517BulovaCollaborative practice agreements; nurse practitioners; physician assistants. Adds nurse practitioners and physician assistants to the list of health care practitioners who shall not be required to participate in a collaborative agreement with a pharmacist and his designated alternate pharmacists, regardless of whether a professional business entity on behalf of which the person is authorized to act enters into a collaborative agreement with a pharmacist and his designated alternate pharmacists. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Healthcare.
03/02/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 46 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB529SamirahSecretary of Health and Human Resources; contract; study of options for financing universal health care. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to enter into a contract with a qualified entity to study options for financing universal health care in the Commonwealth. The Secretary shall report the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the qualified entity to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2020.02/11/20 H Left in RulesDEFEATED
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HB530SamirahHealth care coverage; qualified health plans. Requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services, in collaboration with the State Corporation Commission, to contract with health carriers to offer qualified health plans on the health benefit exchange beginning January 1, 2022. The bill provides that such qualified health plans are designed to reduce deductibles, make more services available before the deductible is met, provide predictable cost sharing, maximize subsidies, limit adverse premium impacts, reduce barriers to maintaining and improving health, encourage choice based on value, and limit adverse premium impacts and increases in premium rates. The bill requires that any health carrier contracted with the Department to offer such qualified health plans (i) is licensed and in good standing to offer health insurance coverage in the Commonwealth and (ii) offers at least one qualified health plan at a silver level of coverage and one qualified health plan at a gold level of coverage. The bill provides that any fee-for-service rates for providers and facilities under any such qualified health plan cannot exceed the Medicare rates for the same or similar covered services, and for reimbursement other than fee-for-service, the aggregate amount the qualified health plan pays to providers and facilities cannot exceed the equivalent of the aggregate amount the qualified health plan would have reimbursed providers using fee-for-service Medicare rates.01/30/20 H Continued to 2021 in Labor and CommerceDEFEATED
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HB546SicklesPrescribing of Schedule VI controlled substances; telemedicine; store-and-forward technologies. Provides that electronic technology or media used for telemedicine services includes store-and-forward technologies and that, used in the context of prescribing Schedule VI controlled substances through telemedicine services, "store-and-forward technologies" means technologies that allow for the electronic transmission of medical information, including images, documents, or health histories, through a secure communications system.02/11/20 H Left in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsDEFEATED
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HB548DelaneyVirginia Freedom of Information Act; exclusions; Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; records of active investigations. Exempts from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act records of active investigations that are conducted by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.03/02/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 48 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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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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HB650HopeNaloxone; possession and administration. Provides that a person who is not otherwise authorized to administer naloxone or other opioid antagonist used for overdose reversal may administer naloxone or other opioid antagonist used for overdose reversal to a person who is believed to be experiencing or about to experience a life-threatening opioid overdose, provided the administration is in good faith and absent gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.02/04/20 H Incorporated by Health, Welfare and Institutions (HB908-Hayes)DEFEATED
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HB661BellSecretaries of Health and Human Resources and Public Safety and Homeland Security; work group; improving response to exposure-prone incidents. Directs the Secretaries of Health and Human Resources and of Public Safety and Homeland Security to establish a work group to develop a plan to improve the Commonwealth's response to exposure-prone incidents involving employees of law-enforcement agencies, volunteers and employees of fire departments and companies, and volunteers and employees of emergency medical services agencies and other appropriate entities. The work group shall (i) develop a plan for an entity to assist with management of exposure-prone incidents involving employees of law-enforcement agencies, volunteers and employees of fire departments and companies, and volunteers and employees of emergency medical services agencies and other appropriate entities and (ii) study and develop recommendations related to developing the ability to perform postmortem testing for infection with human immunodeficiency (HIV) or hepatitis B or C viruses through the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. The work group shall report its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2020. The bill also directs the Department of General Services to take steps to implement postmortem testing for infection with HIV or hepatitis B or C viruses using a screening assay that is licensed for such purpose by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of the contract by December 1, 2020.

03/18/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 362 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB664BellExposure to a decedent's body fluids; testing. Provides that, in cases in which any law-enforcement officer, salaried or volunteer firefighter, or salaried or volunteer emergency medical services provider is directly exposed to body fluids of a deceased person in a manner that may, according to the then current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transmit human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses, the next of kin of the deceased person shall be deemed to have consented to testing of the decedent's blood for infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses and release of such test results to the person who was exposed. Under current law, whenever a law-enforcement officer, salaried or volunteer firefighter, or salaried or volunteer emergency medical services provider is directly exposed to body fluids of a deceased person in a manner that may, according to the then current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transmit human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses, consent for testing and release of the results must be obtained from the next of kin of the deceased person before testing may be initiated.03/27/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 502 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB688AirdCommunity health workers; certification. Requires the Department of Health to approve one or more entities to certify community health workers in the Commonwealth and prohibits a person from using or assuming the title of certified community health worker unless he is certified by a credentialing entity approved by the Department and submits an application to the Department with evidence of such certification. The bill defines the terms "certified community health worker" and "community health worker."03/18/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 363 (effective 7/1/20)SUPPORTAPPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB728HopeSecretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources; work group; process for approval of residential psychiatric placement and services; report. Directs the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources to establish a work group to study the current process for approval of residential psychiatric services for children and adolescents and requires the work group to report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century by December 1, 2020.
03/18/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 364 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB737WattsNursing home standards of care. Requires regulations establishing the staffing and care standards in nursing homes to require a minimum number of hours of direct care services to each resident per 24-hour period, which minimum increases in specified phases from 3.5 hours to 4.1 hours.02/11/20 H Left in AppropriationsDEFEATED
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HB791PlumComprehensive harm reduction programs. Repeals the sunset on the authority of the Commissioner of Health to establish and operate local or regional comprehensive harm reduction programs that include the distribution of sterile hypodermic needles and syringes and the disposal of used hypodermic needles and syringes; allows a local health department or other organization that promotes scientifically proven methods of mitigating health risks associated with drug use and other high-risk behaviors to establish comprehensive harm reduction programs; and eliminates the requirement that comprehensive harm reduction programs be located in communities for which data indicates an increase in or increased risk of transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, or other blood-borne disease as a result of injection drug use. The bill includes an emergency clause.04/07/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 839 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB807DelaneyHealth care services; explanation of benefits. Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to adopt regulations that establish alternative methods of delivery of the explanation of benefits, provided that such alternative method is in compliance with the provisions of federal regulations regarding the right to request privacy protection for protected health information. This bill is identical to SB 766.04/06/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 715 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB808DelaneyServices for survivors of sexual assault. Requires every hospital in the Commonwealth to provide treatment or transfer services, as defined in the bill, to survivors of sexual assault pursuant to a plan approved by the Department of Health; establishes specific requirements for providers of services to pediatric survivors of sexual assault; requires the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund to pay the costs of services provided to survivors of sexual assault; establishes the Task Force on Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault to facilitate the development of services for survivors of sexual assault; and establishes the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program to increase the number of qualified sexual assault forensic services providers available in the Commonwealth.04/06/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 725 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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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 30 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 under Title 32.1 (Health) or Title 54.1 (Professions and Occupations) to provide health care or professional health-related 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 30-day limit to such participating physicians and participating mental health professionals.04/07/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 840 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB879SicklesCertificate of public need. Revises the Medical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Program. The bill (i) removes from the list of reviewable medical care facilities specialized centers or clinics or that portion of a physician's office developed for the provision of lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or nuclear medicine imaging; (ii) removes from the definition of project introduction into an existing medical care facility of any new lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or obstetrical service that the facility has never provided or has not provided in the previous 12 months and addition by an existing medical care facility of any medical equipment for the provision of lithotripsy and magnetic source imaging; (iii) creates a new process for registration of projects exempted from the definition of project by the bill; (iv) renames the State Medical Facilities Plan as the State Health Services Plan and establishes a State Health Services Plan task force to provide recommendations related to the content of the State Health Services Plan; (v) clarifies the content of the application for a certificate; (vi) reduces the timeline for a person to be made party to the case for good cause from 80 calendar days to four days following completion of the review and submission of recommendations related to an application; (vii) requires the Commissioner of Health to condition issuance of a certificate upon the agreement of the applicant to provide care to individuals who are eligible for benefits under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 1395 et seq.), Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq.), and 10 U.S.C. § 1071 et seq. and permits the Commissioner to condition the issuance of a certificate on the agreement of the applicant to provide specialty medical services or to pay assessments or make contributions into the Health Care Coverage Assessment Fund, in addition to existing options for conditioning certificates; (viii) requires every certificate holder to develop a financial assistance policy that includes specific eligibility criteria and procedures for applying for charity care, which shall be provided to a patient at the time of admission or discharge or at the time services are provided, included with any billing statements sent to uninsured patients, posted conspicuously in public areas of the medical care facility for which the certificate was issued and posted on a website maintained by the certificate holder; (ix) eliminates that a person willfully fail, refuse, or neglect to comply with a plan of correction to be subject to a civil penalty so that any failure, refusal, or neglecting to comply with a plan of correction may subject the person to a civil penalty; and (x) provides that the Commissioner may consider any changes in the circumstances of the certificate holder resulting from changes in the financing or delivery of health care services, including changes to the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance services, and any other specific circumstances of the certificate holder when determining whether conditions imposed on a certificate continue to be appropriate.03/12/20 H Failed to pass in HouseDEFEATED
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HB966WalkerHealth regulatory boards; conversion therapy.02/11/20 H Left in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsDEFEATED
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HB999BellSchool board policies; epinephrine; accessibility. Requires each school board's policies on the possession and administration of epinephrine in every school in the local school division to require that at least one school nurse, employee of the school board, employee of a local governing body, or employee of a local health department who is authorized by a prescriber and trained in the administration of epinephrine has the means to access at all times during regular school hours any such epinephrine that is stored in a locked or otherwise generally inaccessible container or area.03/25/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 476 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB1027
Adams, L.R.
Opioid addiction treatment pilot program. Requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (the Department), in partnership with community services boards, a hospital licensed in the Commonwealth, and telemedicine networks, to establish a two-year pilot program in Planning District 12 designed to provide comprehensive treatment and recovery services to uninsured or underinsured individuals suffering from opioid addiction or opioid-related disorders. The bill requires the Department and its partners to collaborate with a work group established by the Department of interested stakeholders to develop the pilot program.02/11/20 H Left in AppropriationsDEFEATED
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HB1056
Adams, D.M.
Commission on Wellness and Opportunity established. Creates the 23-member Commission on Wellness and Opportunity in the legislative branch to study and make recommendations relating to establishing the mission and vision of what health and wellness means for Virginia by examining various dimensions of health and wellness, including but not limited to physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and social wellness, and utilizing the comprehensive theoretical framework of "the social determinants of health"; identifying and defining measurable opportunities and outcomes that build community competence around well-being; and making policy recommendations for improving the quality of life for the people of the Commonwealth. The Commission shall meet at least quarterly. The bill provides that the Commission will sunset on July 1, 2025.04/10/20 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 1036 (effective 7/1/20)SUPPORTAPPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB1057
Adams, D.M.
Health insurance; clinical nurse specialists. Prohibits health insurers and health service plan providers whose policies or contracts cover services that may be legally performed by a licensed clinical nurse specialist from denying reimbursement because the service is rendered by a licensed clinical nurse specialist. The measure removes the existing limitation that requires such reimbursement only to licensed clinical nurse specialists who render mental health services.04/06/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 726 (effective 7/1/20)SUPPORTAPPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB1059
Adams, D.M.
Certified registered nurse anesthetists; prescriptive authority. Authorizes certified registered nurse anesthetists to prescribe Schedule II through Schedule VI controlled substances and devices, provided such prescribing is in accordance with requirements for practice by certified registered nurse anesthetists.03/03/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 100 (effective 7/1/20)SUPPORTAPPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB1090HopeRequired immunizations; report. Amends the minimum vaccination requirements for attendance at a public or private elementary, middle or secondary school, child care center, nursery school, family day care home, or developmental center. The bill amends the dosage for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to two, rather than three doses. The bill also requires the State Board of Health to amend the State Board of Health Regulations for the Immunization of School Children as necessary from time to time to maintain conformity with evidence-based, routinely recommended vaccinations for children and to provide for a 60-day public comment period prior to the adoption of the regulations. In addition, the Department of Health and the Department of Education are directed to jointly review immunization requirements in the Code of Virginia and report to the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health on the effectiveness of the required vaccination program in promoting public health by December 1, 2021. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021.04/11/20 H Governor's recommendation received by HouseSUPPORTIN PROGRESS
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HB1094MiyaresCertificate of public need; exception; physician-owned ambulatory surgery center. Exempts physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers, as that term is defined in the bill, from the requirement of obtaining a certificate of public need before undertaking a project.02/04/20 H Passed by indefinitely in Health, Welfare and Institutions (14-Y 8-N)DEFEATED
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HB1124DavisYellow schools; authorization. Permits any school board to enter into an operating contract with a not-for-profit entity (operating entity) to designate a public elementary or secondary school in the local school division in which at least 50 percent of enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch as a yellow school and requires each such contract to (i) require the school board to transfer its constitutional authority to supervise the yellow school to the operating entity, including its authority relating to personnel and curriculum, for an initial period of at least two years, provided, however, that the yellow school shall be subject to all federal and state accountability requirements prescribed by law or regulation; (ii) require the operating entity to make available nutritional support, after school academic and mentorship services, health care support by licensed nurse practitioners or doctors, and dental care by dental hygienists or dentists to each student enrolled in the yellow school; (iii) permit the operating entity to seek reimbursement under Medicaid for all the services described in clause (ii) that are provided to eligible students; (iv) require the operating entity to establish performance metrics for the yellow school and biannually report to the school board on its compliance with such metrics; and (v) require the supervision of the yellow school to be transferred back to the school board if the operating entity breaches the operating contract or fails to meet the performance metrics established in the operating contract. The bill permits any such operating contract to contain provisions for the use of local school division services for a yellow school, including transportation, food services, and extracurricular activities. The bill provides that each operating entity is entitled to matching state funds pursuant to the general appropriation act in an amount equal to 25 percent of all funds that the operating entity invests to provide the services described in clause (ii) in the yellow school. The bill also provides that no operating entity that receives such matching state funds is eligible to receive a Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit pursuant to Article 13.2 (§ 58.1-439.18 et seq.) of Chapter 3 of Title 58.1.02/11/20 H Left in EducationDEFEATED
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HB1176PoindexterSexual assault nurse examiners; place of practice. Requires every hospital to report quarterly to the Department of Health information regarding the number of certified sexual assault nurse examiners employed by the hospital and the location, including street address, and contact information for the location at which each certified sexual assault nurse examiner provides services. The bill also requires the Department of Health to make information regarding the availability of certified sexual assault nurse examiners in the Commonwealth, including the name of each hospital at which a certified sexual assault nurse examiner is employed, the location, including street address, of such hospital, and the contact information for such hospital, available on the Department's website.04/10/20 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 1088 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB1316AirdStandards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors; certain personnel positions and initiatives. Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide in Standard 1 and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5. The bill also makes several changes relating to school personnel in Standard 2, including (i) establishing schoolwide ratios of students to teachers in certain schools with high concentrations of poverty and granting flexibility to provide compensation adjustments to teachers in such schools; (ii) requiring each school board to assign licensed personnel in a manner that provides an equitable distribution of experienced, effective teachers and other personnel among all schools in the local school division; (iii) requiring each school board to employ teacher leaders and teacher mentors at specified student-to-position ratios; (iv) requiring state funding in addition to basic aid to support at-risk students and granting flexibility in the use of such funds by school boards; (v) lowering the ratio of English language learner students to teachers; (vi) requiring each school board to employ reading specialists and establishing a student-to-position ratio for such specialists; (vii) requiring school boards to employ one full-time principal in each elementary school; (viii) lowering the ratio of students to assistant principals and school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools; and (ix) requiring each school board to provide at least four specialized student support positions, including school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, and other licensed health and behavioral positions, per 1,000 students.02/11/20 H Left in AppropriationsDEFEATED
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HB1332KilgoreStatewide Telehealth Plan. Directs the Board of Health to develop and implement, by January 1, 2021, and thereafter maintain as a component of the State Health Plan a Statewide Telehealth Plan (the Plan) to promote an integrated approach to the introduction and use of telehealth services and telemedicine services, as those terms are defined in the bill. The bill requires the Plan to include, among other provisions, provisions for (i) the use of remote patient monitoring services and store-and-forward technologies, including in cases involving patients with chronic illness; (ii) the promotion of the inclusion of telehealth services in hospitals, schools, and state agencies; and (iii) a strategy for the collection of data regarding the use of telehealth services.04/06/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 729 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HB1468GooditisSecretary of Health and Human Resources; work group; information about opioid overdose and naloxone; role of public safety answering points and Poison Control Centers; report. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a work group to (i) study the role of public safety answering points and regional Poison Control Centers in providing information and assistance to the public regarding opioid overdose and administration of naloxone or other opioid antagonist in emergency and nonemergency situations and (ii) develop recommendations for legislative or budget actions necessary to enhance the role of public safety answering points and regional Poison Control Centers in providing such information and assistance. The work group shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2020.01/28/20 H Stricken from docket by Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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HB1540CollinsBehavioral health providers; barrier crimes; exceptions. Adds additional crimes to the list of barrier crimes for which an exception is available in the case of employment with an adult substance abuse or mental health program at community services boards and private providers of behavioral health services licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The bill also allows the Department to hire individuals convicted of various barrier crimes in a position of employment at a state facility if the Department determines that the individual has been rehabilitated successfully and is not a risk to individuals receiving services.04/10/20 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter #### (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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HJ18CarterUniversal health care; JLARC to study cost of implementing in the Commonwealth.02/11/20 H Left in RulesDEFEATED
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HJ48HopeStudy; Virginia State Crime Commission; mandatory minimum sentences; report. Requests the Virginia State Crime Commission to study the use and effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentences.02/11/20 H Left in RulesDEFEATED
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SB52StanleyOpioid addiction treatment pilot program. Requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (the Department), in partnership with community services boards, a hospital licensed in the Commonwealth, and telemedicine networks, to establish a two-year pilot program in Planning District 12 designed to provide comprehensive treatment and recovery services to uninsured or underinsured individuals suffering from opioid addiction or opioid-related disorders. The bill requires the Department and its partners to collaborate with a work group established by the Department of interested stakeholders to develop the pilot program. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.02/18/20 H Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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SB95FavolaHealth insurance; essential health benefits; preventive services. Requires a health carrier offering or providing a health benefit plan, including (i) 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. The bill defines essential health benefits as those general categories and those items and services within such categories that are covered in accordance with regulations issued pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect as of January 1, 2019.04/11/20 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 1160 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB104FavolaVaccinations and immunizations; minors; authority to consent. Provides that a minor shall be deemed an adult for the purpose of consenting to medical or health services related to receiving vaccinations and immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if the individual is at least 14 years of age and demonstrates to the satisfaction of a health care practitioner the ability to understand at the same comprehension level as an adult the risks and benefits associated with vaccinations and immunizations.01/16/20 S Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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SB120BarkerPrograms to address career fatigue and wellness in certain health care providers; civil immunity. Expands civil immunity for health care professionals serving as members of or consultants to entities that function primarily to review, evaluate, or make recommendations related to health care services to include health care professionals serving as members of or consultants to entities that function primarily to address issues related to career fatigue and wellness in health care professionals licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine or licensed as a physician assistant. The bill also clarifies that, absent evidence indicating a reasonable probability that a health care professional who is a participant in a professional program to address issues related to career fatigue or wellness is not competent to continue in practice or is a danger to himself, his patients, or the public, participation in such a professional program does not trigger the requirement that the health care professional be reported to the Department of Health Professions. The bill contains an emergency clause.04/10/20 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 1093 (effective 4/10/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB151StuartSchool personnel; staffing ratios; school nurses. Excludes school nurse positions from requirements for student support positions and instead requires each local school board to employ at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position in each elementary school, middle school, and high school in the local school division or at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position per 550 students in grades kindergarten through 12.01/30/20 S Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (14-Y 0-N)SUPPORTDEFEATED
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SB168DeStephLine of Duty Act; requiring Virginia licensed health practitioners to conduct medical reviews. Requires that, for any medical review of a claim made pursuant to the provisions of the Line of Duty Act (LODA), the Virginia Retirement System shall require that such review be conducted by a doctor, nurse, or psychologist who is licensed in Virginia. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021.03/03/20 H Left in AppropriationsDEFEATED
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SB245SurovellDepartment of Health Professions; conversion therapy prohibited. Prohibits any health care provider or person who performs counseling as part of his training for any profession licensed by a regulatory board of the Department of Health Professions from engaging in conversion therapy, as defined in the bill, with any person under 18 years of age and provides that such counseling constitutes unprofessional conduct and is grounds for disciplinary action. The bill provides that no state funds shall be expended for the purpose of conducting conversion therapy, referring a person for conversion therapy, extending health benefits coverage for conversion therapy, or awarding a grant or contract to any entity that conducts conversion therapy or refers individuals for conversion therapy.04/06/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 721 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB264BellCertified registered nurse anesthetists; prescriptive authority. Authorizes certified registered nurse anesthetists to prescribe Schedule II through Schedule VI controlled substances and devices, provided such prescribing is in accordance with requirements for practice by certified registered nurse anesthetists under the supervision of a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, or dentistry.03/04/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 161 (effective 7/1/20)SUPPORTAPPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB280BarkerHealth insurance; mental health parity; required report. Codifies an existing requirement that the State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance (the Bureau) make an annual report regarding claims information for mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The bill adds information regarding network adequacy to such report and requires the Bureau to submit the report to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor by September 1 of each year. The bill directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to conduct a third-party review of the Bureau's report. The bill requires JLARC, in conducting its review, to examine the information compiled by the Bureau from 2017 through 2020 and any other information it deems relevant and to report (i) its findings regarding mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits parity with medical and surgical benefits and access to mental health and substance abuse disorder services and (ii) its recommendations, if any, to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor, the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor, and the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the Twenty-First Century by December 1, 2020.04/07/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 847 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB300StanleyDepartment of Medical Assistance Services; remote patient monitoring; rural and underserved populations. Amends the State Plan for Medical Assistance Services to require the payment of medical assistance for remote patient monitoring services for rural and underserved populations, with the home as an eligible telemedicine originating site. The bill requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to prepare and submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services an application for such waiver or waivers as may be necessary to implement the provisions of the bill. The bill also requires the Department to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of such application or applications by October 1, 2020.03/03/20 H Left in AppropriationsDEFEATED
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SB315KiggansHospitals; emergency departments; screening patients for depression. Requires every hospital licensed by the Department of Health that operates an emergency department to develop a protocol for (i) screening each patient who receives services in the emergency department for depression and (ii) providing information about depression, symptoms of depression, services that may be available for individuals experiencing depression, and providers of such services to each patient for whom a screening indicates reason to believe the patient may be experiencing depression. The bill directs the Department to develop such information.01/23/20 S Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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SB317KiggansHospitals; inpatient psychiatric services; in-home follow-up care upon discharge. Requires each hospital that provides inpatient psychiatric services to develop and implement a protocol for linking individuals who will be discharged from inpatient psychiatric care with in-home follow-up services, which may be provided by a licensed home health organization, community services board, or other appropriate service provider.02/25/20 H Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsDEFEATED
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SB330DeedsCertificate of public need; psychiatric beds and facilities. Removes mental hospitals and psychiatric hospitals and intermediate care facilities established primarily for the medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with substance abuse from the list of medical care facilities for which a certificate of public need is required prior to initiation of a project. The bill makes clear that only facilities licensed as hospitals by the Department of Health are subject to certificate of public need requirements; removes from the definition of project the addition of a new psychiatric or substance abuse treatment service and conversion of beds in an existing medical care facility to psychiatric beds; and prohibits the conversion in an existing medical care facility of psychiatric beds to non-psychiatric beds.02/06/20 S Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (7-Y 8-N)SUPPORTDEFEATED
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SB339StuartPublic schools; immunization rates. Requires each school board to publish on the official school division website for each school in the school division the number of students admitted to the school with documentary proof of immunization, the number of students who have been admitted with a medical or religious exemption, and the number of students who have been conditionally admitted.
01/23/20 S Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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SB365DunnavantSecretary of Health and Human Resources; health care provider credentialing work group; report. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a work group of stakeholders to gather information and make recommendations on how the Commonwealth could develop or procure a statewide centralized primary source verification system that can be relied upon by the Commonwealth and its health carriers, health care providers, hospitals, and health systems for health care provider credentialing. The bill requires the work group to report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by November 15, 2020.04/07/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 849 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB397KiggansNursing home standards of care and staff requirements; regulations. Increases the staffing and care standards in nursing homes to require a minimum of specific direct care services to each resident per 24-hour period and a minimum nursing staff-to-patient ratio of one to six. The bill requires nursing homes to complete a criminal background check on each employee prior to the start of employment and every five years thereafter that the employee remains employed. The bill also requires nursing homes to provide quarterly staff training on first aid, medication administration, and compliance with nursing home policies and procedures.04/09/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 932 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB422PetersenHealth regulatory boards. Clarifies the meaning of "license" as used by the Boards of Funeral Directors and Embalmers and Physical Therapy and the conditions under which a license may be denied, suspended, or revoked by the Board of Veterinary Medicine.04/08/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 885 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB503PetersenCertificate of public need; conditions; civil penalty. Defines "COPN-conditioned community care" as charity care provided to indigent persons and health care services to individuals eligible for benefits under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C § 1396 et seq. and (i) requires the Commissioner of Health to condition a certificate of public need on the agreement of the applicant to provide a level of community care to patients in the applicant's service area and establish the total amount of community care necessary to satisfy the condition; (ii) provides for imposition of a civil penalty of up to $100 per violation per day for failure to satisfy the conditions on a certificate of public need, but requires the Department of Health to waive the penalty in cases in which the certificate holder demonstrates, in accordance with regulations of the Board, that good faith efforts were made to comply with the conditions on a certificate but that the certificate holder was unable to satisfy the conditions of the certificate despite such good faith efforts; (iii) requires every certificate holder to develop a financial assistance policy that includes specific eligibility criteria and procedures for applying for charity care, which shall be provided to a patient at the time of admission or discharge or at the time services are provided, included with any billing statements sent to a patient, posted conspicuously in public areas of the medical care facility for which the certificate was issued, and posted on a website maintained by the certificate holder; and (iv) provides that when determining whether conditions imposed on a certificate of public need should be amended in response to a request submitted by the certificate holder, the Commissioner shall consider any changes in the circumstances of the certificate holder resulting from changes in the financing or delivery of health care services, including changes to the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance services, and any other specific circumstances of the certificate holder. The bill also requires the Department of Health to establish an expedited review for certain projects involving addition of imaging equipment, addition of a new ambulatory or outpatient surgery center, addition of operating rooms at an existing ambulatory or outpatient surgery center, and addition of psychiatric beds or conversion of existing beds at a medical care facility to psychiatric beds and requires the Board of Health to include in regulations governing the certificate of public need program a provision for the development of review criteria and standards for specific medical care facilities and health care services for each health planning region that take into account the unique needs and characteristics of such region.

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SB537EdwardsLimitation on mandatory minimum punishment. Provides that mandatory minimum punishments shall not apply to any sentence imposed for an offense committed on or after July 1, 2020.02/05/20 S Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (12-Y 1-N)DEFEATED
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SB540VogelHealth professionals; unprofessional conduct; reporting. Requires the chief executive officer and the chief of staff of every hospital or other health care institution in the Commonwealth, the director of every licensed home health or hospice organization, the director of every accredited home health organization exempt from licensure, the administrator of every licensed assisted living facility, and the administrator of every provider licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in the Commonwealth to report to the Department of Health Professions any information of which he may become aware in his professional capacity that indicates a reasonable belief that a health care provider is in need of treatment or has been admitted as a patient for treatment of substance abuse or psychiatric illness that may render the health professional a danger to himself, the public or his patients, or that he determines, following review and any necessary investigation or consultation with the appropriate internal boards or committees authorized to impose disciplinary action on a health professional, indicates that there is a reasonable probability that such health professional may have engaged in unethical, fraudulent, or unprofessional conduct. Current law requires information to be reported if the information indicates, after reasonable investigation and consultation with the appropriate internal boards or committees authorized to impose disciplinary action on a health professional, a reasonable probability that such health professional may have engaged in unethical, fraudulent, or unprofessional conduct.03/10/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 230 (effective 7/1/20)SUPPORTAPPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB757FavolaDepartment of Health; Department of Health Professions Medical Excellence Zone Program; telemedicine; reciprocal agreements. Directs the Department of Health to determine the feasibility of the establishment of a Medical Excellence Zone Program and directs the Department of Health Professions to pursue reciprocal agreements with states contiguous with the Commonwealth for licensure for certain primary care practitioners under the Board of Medicine. The Medical Excellence Zone Program would allow citizens of the Commonwealth living in rural underserved areas to receive medical treatment via telemedicine services from providers licensed or registered in a state that is contiguous with the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Department of Health to set out the criteria that would be required for a locality or group of localities in the Commonwealth to be eligible for the designation as a medical excellence zone and report its findings to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020. The bill states that reciprocal agreements with states that are contiguous with the Commonwealth for the licensure of doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathic medicine, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners shall only require that a person hold a current, unrestricted license in the other jurisdiction and that no grounds exist for denial based on § 54.1-2915. The Department of Health Professions shall report on its progress in establishing such agreements to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020. The bill provides that applicants for licensure as a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine from such states shall receive priority in processing their applications for licensure by endorsement through a streamlined process with a final determination regarding qualification to be made within 20 days of the receipt of a completed application.

03/10/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 236 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB764BarkerCertificate of public need. Revises the Medical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Program. The bill (i) removes from the list of reviewable medical care facilities specialized centers or clinics or that portion of a physician's office developed for the provision of lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or nuclear medicine imaging; (ii) removes from the definition of project introduction into an existing medical care facility of any new lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or obstetrical service that the facility has never provided or has not provided in the previous 12 months and the addition by an existing medical care facility of any medical equipment for the provision of lithotripsy and magnetic source imaging; (iii) creates a new process for registration of projects exempted from the definition of project by the bill; (iv) renames the State Medical Facilities Plan as the State Health Services Plan and establishes a State Health Services Plan task force to provide recommendations related to the content of the State Health Services Plan; (v) clarifies the content of the application for a certificate; (vi) reduces the timeline for a person to be made party to the case for good cause from 80 calendar days to four days following completion of the review and submission of recommendations related to an application; (vii) requires the Commissioner of Health to condition issuance of a certificate upon the agreement of the applicant to provide care to individuals who are eligible for benefits under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 1395 et seq.), Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq.), and 10 U.S.C. § 1071 et seq. and permits the Commissioner to condition the issuance of a certificate on the agreement of the applicant to provide specialty medical services in addition to existing options for conditioning certificates; (viii) requires every certificate holder to develop a financial assistance policy that includes specific eligibility criteria and procedures for applying for charity care, which shall be provided to a patient at the time of admission or discharge or at the time services are provided, included with any billing statements sent to uninsured patients, posted conspicuously in public areas of the medical care facility for which the certificate was issued and posted on a website maintained by the certificate holder; (ix) eliminates the requirement that a person willfully fail, refuse, or neglect to comply with a plan of correction to be subject to a civil penalty so that any failure, refusal, or neglecting to comply with a plan of correction may subject the person to a civil penalty; and (x) provides that the Commissioner may consider any changes in the circumstances of the certificate holder resulting from changes in the financing or delivery of health care services, including changes to the Commonwealth's program of medical assistance services, and any other specific circumstances of the certificate holder when determining whether conditions imposed on a certificate continue to be appropriate. The bill also (a) directs the Department of Health to develop recommendations to reduce the duration of the average review cycle for applications for certificates of public need to not more than 120 days and to report on its recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2020, (b) directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to implement a system to ensure that data needed to evaluate whether an application for a certificate is consistent with the State Health Services Plan and is timely and reliable by January 1, 2023; and (c) directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to make an inventory of capacity authorized by certificates of public need, both operational and not yet operational, available in a digital format online and to establish a public education and outreach program designed to improve public awareness of the certificate of public need process and the public's role in such process by January 1, 2021.04/11/20 S Governor's recommendation received by SenateIN PROGRESS
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SB768BarkerDBHDS; work group to study expanding the individuals who may conduct evaluations for temporary detention; report. Directs the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish a work group to (i) review the current process for conducting evaluations of persons who are subject to emergency custody orders to determine whether they meet the criteria for temporary detention, including any challenges or barriers to timely completion of such evaluations and factors giving rise to delays in completion of such evaluations, and (ii) develop a comprehensive plan to expand the individuals who may conduct effective evaluations of persons who are subject to emergency custody orders to determine whether they meet the criteria for temporary detention. The work group shall report its findings and conclusions and the comprehensive plan to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, Senate Committee on Education and Health, and Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century by December 1, 2020. This bill is identical to HB 1699.04/09/20 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 919 (effective 7/1/20)APPROVED BY GOVERNOR
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SB1026DunnavantPharmacists; prescribing, dispensing, and administering of certain drugs and devices. Authorizes the prescribing, dispensing, and administering of certain drugs and devices by a pharmacist, provided that such pharmacist prescribes, dispenses, or administers such drugs and devices in accordance with a statewide protocol developed by the Board of Pharmacy in consultation with the Board of Medicine and set forth in regulations of the Board of Pharmacy. The bill clarifies that an accident and sickness insurance policy that provides reimbursement for a service that may be legally performed by a licensed pharmacist shall provide reimbursement for the prescribing, dispensing, or administering of drugs and devices by a pharmacist when such prescription, dispensation, or administration is in accordance with regulations of the Board of Pharmacy.02/25/20 H Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions (12-Y 10-N)DEFEATED
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SJ25StanleyStudy; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; teaching hospital; report. Requesting Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to study the requirements for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to be designated as a teaching hospital in the Code of Virginia.01/30/20 S Continued to 2021 in Education and Health (12-Y 0-N)DEFEATED
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SJ35EdwardsStudy; barrier crimes and criminal history records checks; report. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study the Commonwealth's requirements related to barrier crimes and criminal history records checks. The resolution directs the joint subcommittee to, in conducting its study, develop recommendations related to (i) whether statutory provisions related to criminal history records checks, barrier crimes, and barrier crime exceptions should be reorganized and consolidated into a central location in the Code of Virginia; (ii) whether certain crimes should be removed from the list of barrier crimes; (iii) whether barrier crime exceptions and waiver processes should be broadened; (iv) whether the required amount of time that must lapse after conviction of certain barrier crimes should be shortened; and (v) other changes that could be made to criminal history records check and barrier crimes requirements that would improve the organization, effectiveness, and fairness of such provisions.03/08/20 S Conference report agreed to by Senate by voice voteDEFEATED
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6#24AdamsThis amendment provides $30,400 in the first year from the general fund pursuant to the passage of House Bill 1056 in the 2020 General Assembly session, which creates the Commission on Wellness and Opportunity.Adopted by House
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196#1cCole J.(This amendment requests additional funding to support an educational partnership between regional K-12, community college, University of Mary Washington and industry to develop a curriculum that accelerates time to degree, lowers cost, eliminates the skills gap and reduces reliance on student debt in the areas of Education, Healthcare and Cybersecurity. All the partners including local government have agreed to invest resources into this public-private partnership initiative.)CONFERENCE APPROVED
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196#1cStuart(This amendment provides operating funds for UMW's Workforce Development Initiative, which proposes to eliminate some of the inefficiencies inherent in a stratified system of education by creating college degree pathways that begin in high school and end with a job and a degree that offers the promise of future social mobility. The initiative partners three K-12 school districts, a community college, a public liberal arts university, and industry to develop a curriculum that reduces time to degree (by as much as two years to save two years of costs to both the student and the Commonwealth), lowers cost of attendance, eliminates the skills gap that exists between educational experiences and work, reduces the reliance in student loan debt, and produces career-ready graduates. The initiative will initially focus on nursing (healthcare) and teaching (education).CONFERENCE APPROVED
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302#2hGovernorThis amendment reduces $289,169 the first year from the general fund to delay implementation of a pilot program using certified community health workers in four local health districts to improve health outcomes. House Bill 688 requires the Board of Health to adopt regulations setting forth requirements for certified community health workers, effective July 1, 2020. This delay will allow time for the regulations to be implemented so that certified community health workers can be hired for the pilot project beginning July 1, 2021. Language sets out the funding provided for the pilot program beginning in fiscal year 2022. Language also requires the agency to evaluate the pilot program and provide an interim report at the end of the biennium.Adopted by House
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Newman(This amendment increases the Medicaid rates for skilled and private duty nursing services to 80 percent of the benchmark rate effective July 1, 2020. This shall apply to skilled nursing services provided through the Developmental Disability Waiver programs and private duty nursing services including congregate nursing services provided in the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus Waiver, the Developmental Disability Waiver programs and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program. This amendment increases the skilled nursing rates by 16.1 percent and private duty nursing rates by an average of 11.6 percent.)CONFERENCE APPROVED
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Carr(This amendment increases the Medicaid rates for skilled and private duty nursing services to 80 percent of the benchmark rate effective July 1, 2020. This shall apply to skilled nursing services provided through the Developmental Disability Waiver programs and private duty nursing services including congregate nursing services provided in the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus Waiver, the Developmental Disability Waiver programs and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program. This amendment increases the skilled nursing rates by 16.1 percent and private duty nursing rates by an average of 11.6 percent.)CONFERENCE APPROVED
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295#1cGovernor(This amendment establishes the Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program in order to increase the number of Virginia behavioral health practitioners by way of an educational loan repayment incentive that complements and coordinates with existing efforts to recruit and retain Virginia behavioral health practitioners. The program would allow for a variety of behavioral health practitioners to receive a student loan repayment award from the Commonwealth in exchange for providing service to Virginia communities that are otherwise underserved. Practitioners would receive loan repayment for up to 25 percent of student loan debt for each year of health care service provided to the Commonwealth. Maximum loan repayment amounts per year are dependent upon the type of behavioral health professional applying and shall not exceed the total student loan debt. Participating practitioners will have an initial two-year minimum participation obligation and may renew for a third and fourth year. This provides the practitioner with the opportunity to fully pay off their student loan debt while providing four years of service to the Commonwealth.)CONFERENCE APPROVED
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221#2cHouse Out of this appropriation, $34,500,000 each year from the general fund is designated for the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back Program (G3 Program). The G3 Program will offer financial assistance to low- and middle-income Virginia residents who are eligible for in-state tuition pursuant to § 23.1, Code of Virginia, and who are enrolled in a program at a Virginia public associate degree-granting institution that leads to an occupation in a high-demand field. CONFERENCE APPROVED
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221#2cSenate Out of this appropriation, $34,500,000 each year from the general fund is designated for the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back Program (G3 Program). The G3 Program will offer financial assistance to low- and middle-income Virginia residents who are eligible for in-state tuition pursuant to § 23.1, Code of Virginia, and who are enrolled in a program at a Virginia public associate degree-granting institution that leads to an occupation in a high-demand field. CONFERENCE APPROVED
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VDHGovernor$3.2 million for expanding distribution and availability of NARCAN through local health departments and CSBsAdopted by Both
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VDHGovernor$300,000 to fund Office of Health Equity Infrastructure and CapacityAdopted by Both
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DMASGovernorExtend postpartum coverage for FAMIS MOMS from 60 days to 12 months ($3.2 million GF, $6 million NGF)Adopted by Both
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313GovernorBBBB 1. Implement 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.Adopted by Both
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313GovernorEEEE. Increase provider rate for psychiatric services by 14.7%, to be 110% of the Medicare rate.Adopted by Both
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