Virginia has enacted Insurance Fairness for Amputees legislation.
Insurance Fairness History
The Virginia General Assembly initially passed Insurance Fairness for Amputee legislation in 2009. Senate Bill 1116 passed both chambers of the General Assembly unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Tim Kaine (D) on April 8th, 2009, which included a provision to exclude myoelectric and microprocessor devices. Subsequently, an attempt to amend SB 1116 was made in 2018 using House Bill 1478. House Bill 1478 was introduced and referred to House Commerce and Labor Committee, where it did receive consideration, but was defeated February 1st, 2018.
Prior to both SB 1116 and HB1478’s introduction and consideration, the Virginia General Assembly commissioned the Virginia JLARC Study to study and evaluate the impact of a mandated benefit pertaining to health insurance coverage for prosthetic devices as it relates to coverage provided through Medicare.
The Virginia General Assembly works on a two year cycle and in 2019 will be in the first year of their cycle. The 2019 Legislative Session convenes January 9th and will tentatively conclude March 10th. The Virginia General Assembly is able to prefile legislation for the upcoming session until January 9th. An introduction deadline has not been determined for each chamber.
Currently, the Republican Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Democratic Party controls the Office of the Governor.
In order to move forward with other legislative initiatives beyond Insurance Fairness, the Amputee Coalition needs the backing of the limb loss community. We are actively seeking advocates to support or advocacy efforts in Virginia. Connect with the Amputee Coalition or your insurance company through Amplify, your State Representation and the Virginia Bureau of Insurance to express your concern about issues affecting the limb loss community.