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Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 240 - Sickles - Absentee voting; annual applications for eligible absentee voters. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/06/20
notes: Provides that any person who is eligible for an absentee ballot pursuant to law and who is likely to remain so eligible for the remainder of the calendar year shall be eligible to file a special annual application to receive ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote in that calendar year. This application requires a statement signed by the voter that he is eligible for an absentee ballot pursuant to law and is likely to remain so eligible for the remainder of the calendar year. Under current law, such a special annual application is available to persons who are eligible to vote absentee due to a disability or illness and are likely to remain eligible to vote absentee due to such disability or illness.
HB 737 - Watts - Nursing homes; standards of care. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/11/20
notes: 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.
HB 902 - Sickles - Long-term care services and supports; preadmission screenings. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 365 (effective - see bill)03/18/20
notes: Provides that every individual who applies for community or institutional long-term care services and supports as defined in the state plan for medical assistance services may choose to receive services in a community or institutional setting and may choose the setting and provider of long-term care services and supports from a list of approved providers. The bill also clarifies requirements related to the performance of such long-term care services and supports screenings.
HB 968 - Jenkins - State plan for medical assistance services; covered services. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/11/20
notes: State plan for medical assistance services; covered services. Directs the Board of Medical Assistance Services to amend the state plan for medical assistance services to include provisions for dental care and eye care for adults.
HB 1148 - Keam - Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Department of; reorganizes provisions. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Reorganizes provisions of the Code related to the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is relocated in the Code and the Respite Care Grant Program is eliminated. The bill also calls for additional education services to be provided by the Department with respect to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
HB 1428 - Sickles - Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; created. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Virginia Health Benefit Exchange. Creates the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Exchange shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The Exchange shall make qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers by July 1, 2023, unless the SCC postpones this date. The measure authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain non-employer group plans. The Exchange will be funded by assessments on health insurers. A health plan will not be required to cover any state-mandated health benefit if federal law does not require it to be covered as part of the essential benefits package. The essential health benefits are items and services included in the benchmark health insurance plan, which is the largest plan in the largest product in the Commonwealth's small group market as supplemented in order to provide coverage for the items and services within the statutory essential health benefits categories. The SCC may contract with other eligible entities and enter into memoranda of understanding with other agencies of the Commonwealth to carry out any of the functions of the Exchange, including agreements with other states or federal agencies to perform joint administrative functions. Such contracts are not subject to the Virginia Public Procurement Act ( 2.2-4300 et seq.). The measure repeals a provision enacted in 2013 th
HB 1658 - Head - Adult protective services; creates central registry. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/04/20
notes: Adult protective services; central registry. Creates a central registry of founded complaints of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation to be maintained by the Department of Social Services. The bill establishes (i) investigation requirements for local departments of social services related to complaints of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation; (ii) record retention and disclosure requirements for the Department and local departments; (iii) notice requirements related to findings by local departments and central registry entries; and (iv) an appeals process to contest the findings of a local department related to founded reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

SB 213 - Favola - Personal Maintenance Allowance; DMAS to establish work group to evaluate current amount. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Department of Medical Assistance Services; study; Personal Maintenance Allowance and impact on employment. Directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to establish a work group to evaluate the current Personal Maintenance Allowance amount for individuals receiving Medicaid-funded waiver services and the impact of the current Personal Maintenance Allowance amount and other income limits on the ability of Medicaid waiver service recipients to engage in meaningful work and establish and maintain independence. The work group shall report its findings and conclusions to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Chairman of the Joint Commission on Health Care by November 1, 2020.
SB 391 - McPike - Adult abuse; financial exploitation, required report by financial institution. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Requires financial institutions to report to the local department of social services or the adult protective services hotline within five business days any refusal to execute a transaction, delay of a transaction, or refusal to disburse funds based on a good faith belief that such transaction or disbursement may involve financial exploitation of an adult.

SB 572 - Mason - Alzheimer's disease and related dementias; early detection and diagnosis, risk reduction and care. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Provides that, the Department of Health, in consultation with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, shall have the lead responsibility for taking actions to address and reduce the risks and impairments associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias within the Commonwealth.
SB 695 - Obenshain - Telemarketing; financial exploitation, agency communication. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Directs the Attorney General to establish ongoing communication with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to ensure that adults 60 years of age or older or 18 years of age or older and incapacitated have access to information regarding the prevention of potential patterns of financial exploitation.