HB 2443

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2019 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 09, 2019
  • Passed House Feb 05, 2019
  • Senate
  • Governor

Group health benefit plans; bona fide associations, etc.

Abstract

Provides that certain trusts constitute a benefits consortium and are authorized to sell health benefits plans to members of a sponsoring association that is a nonstock corporation, has five or more members participating in one or more benefits plans, has been formed for purposes other than obtaining or providing health benefits, and operates as a nonprofit entity under § 501(c)(6) of the federal Internal Revenue Code. The bill provides that a person may be a member of sponsoring association if he conducts business operations within the Commonwealth, employs individuals who reside in the Commonwealth, and is a member of the sponsoring association. The bill provides that the trust is subject to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and U.S. Department of Labor regulations applicable to multiple employer welfare arrangements and to the authority of the U.S. Department of Labor to enforce such law and regulations. The bill (i) prohibits a self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) from issuing health benefit plans in the Commonwealth until it has obtained a license from the State Corporation Commission; (ii) provides that health benefit plans issued by a self-funded MEWA shall be subject to taxes and maintenance assessments levied upon insurance companies; (iii) provides that health benefit plans issued by a self-funded MEWA are subject to protections of and other provisions of the Virginia Life, Accident and Sickness Insurance Guaranty Association; (iv) makes domestic self-funded MEWAs subject to all financial and solvency requirements imposed by provisions of Title 38.2 on domestic insurers unless domestic self-funded MEWAs are otherwise specifically exempted; and (v) provides that health benefit plans issued by a self-funded MEWA shall be exempt from all statutory requirements relating to insurance premium rates, policy forms, and policy cancellation and nonrenewal. The bill provides that the sponsoring association shall not, by virtue of its sponsorship of the benefits consortium or any benefits plan, be subject to the insurance laws of the Commonwealth or the tax levied on insurance companies pursuant to § 58.1-2501. The measure removes the requirements that an association to which a group accident and sickness insurance policy is issued has at the outset a minimum of 100 persons, has been organized and maintained in good faith for purposes other than that of obtaining insurance, and has been in active existence for at least five years. The measure also replaces references to "bona fide association," as used in provisions applicable to health care plans in the small employer market, with the term "sponsoring association."

Bill Sponsors (1)

Votes


Actions


May 02, 2019

Office of the Governor

Vetoed by Governor

Apr 03, 2019

House

House rejected Governor's recommendation (34-Y 64-N)

House

Placed on Calendar

House

Communicated to Governor

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 3, 2019

Mar 26, 2019

House

Governor's recommendation received by House

House

Governor's substitute printed 19107827D-H3

Feb 28, 2019

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019

House

Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 28, 2019

Feb 21, 2019

House

Signed by Speaker

Senate

Signed by President

House

Enrolled

Feb 18, 2019

House

Placed on Calendar

House

Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 19106849D-S1 (67-Y 30-N)

Feb 14, 2019

Senate

Amendment by Senator Wagner agreed to

Senate

Read third time

Senate

Reading of substitute waived

Senate

Committee substitute agreed to 19106849D-S1

Senate

Reading of amendment waived

Senate

Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB2443S1

Feb 06, 2019

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed

Senate

Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Feb 05, 2019

House

Read third time and passed House (67-Y 31-N)

Feb 04, 2019

House

Committee substitute rejected 19105509D-H1

House

Floor substitute printed 19106408D-H2 (Wilt)

House

Read second time

House

Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB2443H2

House

Substitute by Delegate Wilt agreed to 19106408D-H2

Feb 03, 2019

House

Read first time

Jan 15, 2019

House

Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1

Jan 09, 2019

House

Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

House

Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101684D

Bill Text

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House subcommittee amendments and substitutes adopted HTML
House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101684D HTML
House: Committee substitute printed 19105509D-H1 HTML
House: Floor substitute printed 19106408D-H2 (Wilt) HTML
Senate: Committee substitute printed 19106849D-S1 HTML
House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2443ER) HTML
House: Governor's substitute printed 19107827D-H3 HTML

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