HD34 - Mandated Coverage for Hemophilia and Congenital Bleeding Disorders (House Bill 2815 and Senate Bill 859, 1997)
During the 1997 Session of the General Assembly, the House Committee on Corporations, Insurance and Banking referred House Bill 2815 to the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health insurance Benefits (Advisory Commission). The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor referred a companion bill (Senate Bill 859) with similar language to the Advisory Commission. House Bill 2815 was patroned by Delegate Frank D. Hargrove, Sr., and Senate Bill 859 was patroned by Senator Warren E. Barry.
The Advisory Commission held a hearing on July 29, 1997, in Richmond to receive public comments on House Bill 2815 and Senate Bill 859. Six speakers addressed the proposals. A representative from the United Virginia Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation and five concerned citizens spoke in favor of the bills. A representative of the Virginia Association of Health Maintenance Organizations (VAHMO) spoke in opposition to the bills. In addition, written comments in support of the bills were provided by representatives from the United Virginia Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, Patient Services Incorporated, Swiger and Cay, and five concerned citizens. The VAHMO, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Virginia Manufacturers Association submitted comments in opposition to the bills. On September 17, 1997, three additional concerned citizens spoke in support of the bills and a representative of VAHMO spoke in opposition.
The Advisory Commission concluded its review of House Bill 2815 and Senate Bill 859 on September 17, 1997.