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Legislation Signed into Law

2018

Primary Focus Mental Health Education in Schools
Title/Description Physical and Health Education
Citation Va. Code Ann. § 22.1–207
Summary

Va. Code Ann. § 22.1–207 was amended to require mental health education in public schools. The Board of Education is required to consult with mental health experts and shall review and update the health Standards of Learning for students in the 9th and 10th grades to include mental health. The health instruction will incorporate standards that recognize the dimensions of health including mental health and the relationship of physical and mental health to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behavior to promote dignity, health, and well-being. The second amendment to Va. Code. Ann. § 22.1–207 includes age-appropriate health instruction on the safe use and risk of abuse of prescription drugs.

Effective Date HB 1604 approved March 19, 2018. HB 1532 approved March 23, 2018.
Notes

House Bill 1604 and House Bill 1552 provided for these amendments.

2015

Primary Focus Mandated Benefits; Provider
Title/Description Coverage for mental health and substance use disorders
Citation Va. Code Ann. § 38.2-3412.1
Summary

Group and individual health insurance coverage must provide mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Such benefits shall be in parity with the medical and surgical benefits contained in the coverage in accordance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

Effective Date 07/01/2015
Notes

Enacted through HB 1747 (2015 Session)

HB 1940
Introduced 01/2015
Sponsor Del. Greason
Status Signed into law 03/2015
Summary

This bill changed the section of the insurance law about autism coverage to what it is currently by raising the age limit for coverage to age 10 and by eliminating language that defined small employer plans as those with 50 or fewer employees.

2013

HB 1900
Introduced 01/2013
Sponsor Del. Rust
Status Signed into law 04/2013
Summary

This bill changed the section of the insurance law about autism coverage to what it is currently by raising the age limit for coverage to age 10 and by eliminating language that defined small employer plans as those with 50 or fewer employees.

2011

Primary Focus Mandated Benefits; Provider
Title/Description Coverage for autism spectrum disorder
Citation Va. Code Ann. § 38.2-3418.17
Summary

Mandates coverage for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, in individuals (i) from January 1, 2012, until January 1, 2016, from age two years through age six years and (ii) from and after January 1, 2016, from age two years through age 10 years, subject to the annual maximum benefit limitation.

Effective Date 04/29/2011
Notes

Enacted through H1940 (2015 Session)

HB 2467
Senate Bill SB 1062
Introduced 01/2011
Sponsor Del. Greason and Sen. Howell

2010

SB 706
Introduced 01/2010
Sponsor Sen. Houck
Status Signed into law 04/2010
Summary

This bill changed the parity section of the state insurance law so that large employer fully-insured plans must cover behavioral health services “in accordance” with the Federal Parity Law.

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