Health General

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 22 - Walker - Medical mandates; each adult has a fundamental right to be free from mandates. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/15/22
notes: Declares that, except as otherwise provided by law, each adult has a fundamental right to be free from medical mandates of the Commonwealth or any locality, private employer, health care entity or provider, or provider of public accommodations. The bill defines "medical mandate" as any affirmative requirement by the Commonwealth or any locality, private employer, health care entity or provider, or provider of public accommodations for an individual to undergo or participate in a health-related test, procedure, tracking or monitoring program, or bodily insertion or injection of any drug or the wearing of any medical equipment or apparel. The bill provides that it shall be no less a medical mandate for such entities to condition an individual's receipt of otherwise ordinary services, benefits, or employment upon the performance or acquiescence of undergoing or participating in a health-related test, procedure, tracking or monitoring program, or bodily insertion or injection of any drug or the wearing of any medical equipment or apparel. The bill sets out exceptions, including protocols in health care facilities and food handling operations and valid orders of quarantine or isolation.
HB 27 - Anderson - COVID-19 vaccination status; mandatory COVID-19 vaccination prohibited, discrimination prohibited. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/15/22
notes: Prohibits the State Health Commissioner and the Board of Health, the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of Health Professions and any regulatory board therein, and the Department of Social Services from requiring any person to undergo vaccination for COVID-19 and prohibits discrimination based on a person's COVID-19 vaccination status with regard to education or public employment and in numerous other contexts.
HB 45 - Ware - Health carriers; licensed athletic trainers. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0440)04/11/22
notes: Requires health insurers and health service plan providers whose policies or contracts cover services that may be legally performed by a licensed athletic trainer to provide equal coverage for such services when rendered by a licensed athletic trainer. This bill is a recommendation of the Health Insurance Reform Commission.
HB 80 - Davis - Healthcare Regulatory Sandbox Program; established, report, sunset date. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(S) Defeated by Senate (19-Y 20-N)03/10/22
notes: Requires the Department of Health to establish the Healthcare Regulatory Sandbox Program to enable a person to obtain limited access to the market in the Commonwealth to temporarily test an innovative healthcare product or service on a limited basis without otherwise being licensed or authorized to act under the laws of the Commonwealth. Under the Program, an applicant requests the waiver of certain laws, regulations, or other requirements for a 24-month testing period, with an option to request an additional six-month testing period. The bill provides application requirements, consumer protections, procedures for exiting the Program or requesting an extension, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The bill requires the Department to provide an annual report to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health that provides information regarding each Program participant and that provides recommendations regarding the effectiveness of the Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2027.
HB 81 - Kilgore - Statewide Telehealth Plan; Board of Health shall contract with the Virginia Telehealth Network. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0742)04/27/22
notes: Requires the Board of Health to consult with the Virginia Telehealth Network in developing and maintaining the Statewide Telehealth Plan. The bill requires the Board of Health to leverage the expertise of the Virginia Telehealth Network, or another Virginia-based nongovernmental organization focused on telehealth if the Virginia Telehealth Network is no longer in existence, to (i) provide direct consultation to any advisory groups and groups tasked by the Board with implementation and data collection, (ii) track implementation of the Statewide Telehealth Plan, and (iii) facilitate changes to the Statewide Telehealth Plan as accepted medical practices and technologies evolve.
HB 84 - Kilgore - Out-of-state audiologists; providing free health care to an underserved area in the Commonwealth. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0173)04/07/22
notes: Permits out-of-state audiologists to volunteer to provide free health care to an underserved area of the Commonwealth under the auspices of a publicly supporting nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to populations of underserved people if they do so for a period not exceeding three consecutive days and if the nonprofit organization verifies that the practitioner has a valid, unrestricted license in another state.
HB 87 - Ware - Pandemic response and preparedness; joint subcommittee established to study, report. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rules
(S) Stricken at request of Patron in Rules (15-Y 1-N)02/25/22
notes: Establishes the Virginia Pandemic Response and Preparedness Council to examine existing laws in the Commonwealth and develop recommendations regarding the pandemic response and future needs of the Governor, the General Assembly, local governments, public and private health care systems, health districts, the judicial system, K-12 and higher education systems, and the business regulatory system. The bill requires the Council to submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2024.
HB 92 - Head - Health care providers; amends definition to include home care organizations and hospice. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/15/22
notes: Amends the definition of "health care provider" to include home care organizations and hospice.
HB 93 - Head - Home care organizations; changes the license renewal requirement. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0172)04/07/22
notes: Changes the license renewal requirement for home care organizations from an annual renewal to a triennial renewal. The bill prohibits the Department of Health, upon renewal of a home care organization license, from requiring home care organizations to submit financial documents other than those required for initial licensure.
HB 145 - Head - Physician assistants; practice. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0151)04/07/22
notes: Removes the requirement that physician assistants appointed as medical examiners practice as part of a patient care team. For hospice program licensing, the bill adds physician assistants to the list of hospice personnel who may be part of a medically directed interdisciplinary team. The bill removes a reference to physician assistants in the definition of patient care team podiatrist. Finally, the bill permits physician assistants working in the field of orthopedics as part of a patient care team to utilize fluoroscopy for guidance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, provided other requirements are met.
HB 191 - Hodges - Health Workforce Development; creates position of Special Advisor to the Governor. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR45503/12/22
notes: Special Advisor to the Governor for Health Workforce Development; Virginia Health Workforce Development Fund. Creates the position of Special Advisor to the Governor for Health Workforce Development (the Special Advisor) in the Office of the Governor; directs the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority to collaborate with the Special Advisor, employers of health and health science professionals, and institutions that provide education and training for health and health science professionals to better align education and training initiatives with evolving workforce needs; directs the Authority to coordinate with and seek opportunities to expand existing workforce development initiatives in the Commonwealth and partner with an institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to facilitate the sharing of information and resources and strengthen efforts to develop the health workforce in the Commonwealth; creates the Virginia Health Workforce Development Fund to support the work of the Authority and provide grants to regional health and health science workforce development initiatives; and directs the Authority to establish a process for the issuance of grants to regional health and health science workforce development initiatives.
HB 243 - Adams, D.M. - Medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, and podiatric medicine; requirements for practitioners. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/15/22
notes: Increases the duration of postgraduate training required issuance of a license to practice medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatric medicine from 12 months to 36 months requires every practitioner licensed to practice medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, and podiatric medicine to obtain and maintain coverage by or to be named insured on a professional liability insurance policy with limits equal to the current limitation on damages set forth in the Code of Virginia.
HB 264 - Head - Public health emergency; out-of-state licenses, deemed licensure. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0753)04/27/22
notes: Provides that when the Board of Health has entered an emergency order for the purpose of suppressing nuisances dangerous to the public health or communicable, contagious or infectious diseases or other dangers to the public life and health, a practitioner of a profession regulated by the Board of Medicine who is licensed in another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States territory or possession and who is in good standing with the applicable regulatory agency in that state, the District of Columbia, or that United States territory or possession shall not be prevented or prohibited from engaging in the practice of that profession in the Commonwealth with a patient located in the Commonwealth when (i) such practice is for the purpose of providing continuity of care through the use of telemedicine services and (ii) the patient is a current patient of the practitioner with whom the practitioner has previously established a practitioner-patient relationship.

The bill also provides that when the Board of Health has entered an emergency order for the purpose of suppressing nuisances dangerous to the public health or communicable, contagious or infectious diseases or other dangers to the public life and health, individuals licensed or certified to practice medicine, osteopathic medicine, or podiatry or as a physician assistant, respiratory therapist, advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or nurse aide by another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States territory or possession shall be deemed to be licensed or certified to practice in the Commonwealth for a period of 30 days when certain criteria are met
HB 278 - Coyner - Community health assessments and community health improvement plans; impact on health of residents. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Stricken from docket by Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 0-N)02/03/22
notes: Directs the Department of Health to conduct a pilot program to evaluate the impact of community health assessments and community health improvement plans on the health of residents of the Commonwealth and to report annually by December 1 to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health regarding the pilot program and any changes in public resulting from the implementation of the pilot program.
HB 285 - Adams, D.M. - Clinical nurse specialist; practice agreements. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0197)04/07/22
notes: Provides that a nurse practitioner licensed by the Boards of Medicine and Nursing in the category of clinical nurse specialist who does not prescribe controlled substances or devices may practice in the practice category in which he is certified and licensed without a written or electronic practice agreement, provided that he (i) only practice within the scope of his clinical and professional training and limits of his knowledge and experience and consistent with the applicable standards of care, (ii) consult and collaborate with other health care providers based on the clinical condition of the patient to whom health care is provided, and (iii) establish a plan for referral of complex medical cases and emergencies to physicians or other appropriate health care providers. The bill also provides that a nurse practitioner licensed by the Boards in the category of clinical nurse specialist who prescribes controlled substances or devices shall practice in consultation with a licensed physician in accordance with a practice agreement between the nurse practitioner and the licensed physician.
HB 939 - Robinson - Public health emergency; Comm. of Health to authorize administration, etc., of necessary drugs, etc. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0774)04/27/22
notes: Allows the Commissioner of Health to authorize persons who are not authorized by law to administer or dispense drugs or devices to do so in accordance with protocols established by the Commissioner when the Board of Health has made an emergency order for the purpose of suppressing nuisances dangerous to the public health and communicable, contagious, and infectious diseases and other dangers to the public life and health. Current law limits the Commissioner's ability to make such authorizations to circumstances when the Governor has declared a disaster or a state of emergency or the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services has issued a declaration of an actual or potential bioterrorism incident or other actual or potential public health emergency.
HB 1008 - Durant - RSUT; exemption for food purchased for human consumption and essential personal hygiene. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/15/22
notes: Exempts food purchased for human consumption and essential personal hygiene products (the grocery tax) from all state, regional, and local sales taxes.
HB 1276 - Simonds - Comprehensive plan; healthy communities strategy. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Left in Counties, Cities and Towns02/15/22
notes: Authorizes cities with populations greater than 20,000 and counties with populations greater than 100,000 to consider, at the next and all subsequent reviews of the comprehensive plan, adopting a healthy communities strategy. The bill provides that the locality's strategy shall be to identify neighborhoods with major sources of pollution or hazardous waste, to identify objectives and policies to reduce health risks in such neighborhoods, to promote civic engagement by residents of such neighborhoods, and to prioritize improvements and programs that address the needs of such neighborhoods.
HJ 5 - Fariss - Health-related social need; Jt. Com. on Health Care to study benefit of hospitals, etc., addressing. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Left in Rules02/15/22
notes: Directs the Joint Commission on Health Care to study the benefits of hospitals, health systems, and other providers in addressing the health-related social needs of Virginians. The study shall identify opportunities for policy making to make health care in Virginia more affordable and effective through innovations in care coordination, workforce development, payment options, and improved data collection.
SB 42 - Marsden - Health insurance wellness programs; encouraging individuals to receive COVID-19 vaccine. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(H) Left in Commerce and Energy03/08/22
notes: Provides that a wellness program provided by a health carrier may include, at the employer's discretion, a program that assesses a surcharge or provides a reward to encourage individuals to receive a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19.
SB 46 - Petersen - Emergency and quarantine orders, certain; additional procedural requirements. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0785)05/27/22
notes: Provides that any person who is affected by an order of quarantine may file an appeal in the circuit court for the city or county in which he resides or is located or the circuit court for the jurisdiction or jurisdictions for any affected area; currently, only a person who is subject to an order of quarantine may appeal the order. The bill also provides that, in any case in which the Governor has issued an emergency order that includes any measure that closes schools or businesses or restricts the movement of healthy persons within the area to which the order applies, all of the rights, protections, and procedures applicable in the case of an order of quarantine issued by the Commissioner of Health shall apply.
SB 148 - Norment - Public health emergencies; expands immunity for health care providers. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0617)04/11/22
notes: Expands immunity provided to health care providers responding to a disaster to include actions or omissions taken by the provider as directed by any order of public health in response to such disaster when a local emergency, state of emergency, or public health emergency has been declared.
SB 170 - Peake - Statewide Telehealth Plan; emergency services coordination. (S) Committee on Education and Health(S) Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (11-Y 0-N)02/10/22
notes: Directs the Department of Health to amend the Statewide Telehealth Plan to require health care providers providing telehealth services to directly contact and coordinate with emergency services in accordance with the standard of care that is appropriate to the patient's situation and to the services rendered during the telehealth visit.