HB 2225 Prescription assistance mechanisms.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Prescription assistance mechanisms. Creates a special, nonreverting fund to be known as the Healthy Lives Prescription Fund, under the auspices of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, to accept appropriations, donations, grants, and in-kind contributions to develop and implement programs that will enhance current prescription programs for citizens of the Commonwealth who are without insurance or the ability to pay for prescription drugs and to develop innovative programs to make such prescription drugs more available. The Commissioner of Health must create links from the Department of Health's website to the Department for the Aging's website and its affiliated sites pertaining to pharmaceutical assistance programs and pharmaceutical discount purchasing cards. The Commissioner of the Department for the Aging must cooperate with the Commissioner of Health by ensuring that such information is available on the Department for the Aging's website. The Commissioner of Health must also ensure that all clinical sites administered by local health Departments are provided with adequate information concerning the services of the Virginia Department for the Aging, including, but not limited to, the toll-free telephone number and website information on pharmaceutical assistance programs and pharmaceutical discount purchasing cards. Both commissioners must coordinate the dissemination of information to the public regarding any pharmaceutical discount purchasing card programs while maintaining a neutral posture regarding such programs. The Commissioner of Health must establish a toll-free number to be administered by the Department of Health that will provide recorded information concerning services provided by the Department for the Aging, the Virginia Area Agencies on Aging, and other appropriate organizations for senior citizens. A second enactment clause requires the Joint Commission on Health Care or any successor in interest thereof to prepare a plan to establish the Health Lives Prescription Assistance Program to provide prescription drug benefits for low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities, which must include consideration of the resources of both the public and private sectors. The plan will be prepared in cooperation with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Virginia Health Care Foundation, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health care provider organizations, advocacy groups, and other interested parties. In preparing the plan, the Joint Commission on Health Care must review and incorporate, to the maximum extent possible, the conclusions of the Joint Commission on Prescription Drug Assistance. The plan must coordinate state, federal and private programs providing prescription assistance, including any programs the federal government may implement. The plan will be reported to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Finance, the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by October 15, 2003. This bill is identical to SB 1341.

Full text:
01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 033862670  pdf
01/13/03  House: Introduced bill reprinted 033862670  pdf
02/01/03  House: Committee substitute printed 036324670-H1  pdf | impact statement
02/11/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 035416670-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/21/03  House: Conference substitute printed 032685796-H2  pdf
02/27/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2225ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/27/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0661)  pdf

Amendments:
Conference amendments

Status:
01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 033862670
01/08/03  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/13/03  House: Introduced bill reprinted 033862670
01/30/03  House: Reported from H. W. I. w/substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/30/03  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/03  House: Reported from Appropriations with sub (25-Y 0-N)
02/01/03  House: Committee substitute printed 036324670-H1
02/01/03  House: Read first time
02/03/03  House: Read second time
02/03/03  House: Committee substitute agreed to 036324670-H1
02/03/03  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute 036324670-H1
02/04/03  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  House: Communicated to Senate
02/05/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/11/03  Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/11/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 035416670-S1
02/12/03  Senate: Const. reading disp., passed by for the day (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/03  Senate: Read third time
02/13/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/13/03  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 035416670-S1
02/13/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 035416670-S1
02/13/03  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/03  Senate: Rec. of Sen. passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/13/03  Senate: VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
02/13/03  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 0-N)
02/13/03  Senate: VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
02/14/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/03  House: Senate substitute rejected by House (2-Y 89-N)
02/17/03  House: VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 89-N)
02/19/03  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/19/03  Senate: VOTE: INSIST & REQUEST (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/19/03  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/20/03  House: House acceded to request
02/20/03  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/20/03  House: Delegates: Cline, Jones, S.C., Joannou
02/20/03  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/20/03  Senate: Senators: Norment, Miller, K. G., Howell
02/21/03  House: Conference substitute printed 032685796-H2
02/21/03  House: Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 2-N)
02/21/03  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 2-N)
02/21/03  Senate: Reading of conference report waived
02/21/03  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/03  Senate: VOTE: CONF. COMMITTEE RPT. (39-Y 0-N)
02/27/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2225ER)
03/05/03  House: Enrolled
03/05/03  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/03  Senate: Signed by President
03/19/03  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 661 (effective 7/1/03)
03/27/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0661)