SB 1341 Prescription assistance mechanisms.
H. Russell Potts, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes
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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 Commisioner 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 notlimited 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 HB 2225 (Cline).

Full text:
01/17/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 033863512  pdf
01/30/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 033895512-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/17/03  House: Floor substitute printed 032681670-H1 (Cline)  pdf
02/21/03  Senate: Conference substitute printed 032687512-S2  pdf
03/03/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1341ER)  pdf
03/27/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0674)  pdf

Amendments:
Conference amendments

Status:
01/17/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 033863512
01/17/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/30/03  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 033895512-S1
02/03/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/03/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (37-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Read second time
02/04/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/03  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 033895512-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 033895512-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (39-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/04/03  Senate: Communicated to House
02/05/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/03  House: Read first time
02/05/03  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/11/03  House: Reported from H. W. I. (22-Y 0-N)
02/12/03  House: Read second time
02/13/03  House: Passed by for the day
02/14/03  House: Passed by for the day
02/17/03  House: Read third time
02/17/03  House: Floor substitute printed 032681670-H1 (Cline)
02/17/03  House: Substitute by Del. Cline agreed to 032681670-H1
02/17/03  House: Engrossed by House - floor substitute 032681670-H1
02/17/03  House: Passed House with substitute (92-Y 0-N)
02/17/03  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 0-N)
02/19/03  Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (3-Y 36-N)
02/19/03  Senate: VOTE: REJECTED HOUSE AMENDMENT (3-Y 36-N)
02/20/03  House: House insisted on substitute
02/20/03  House: House requested conference committee
02/20/03  Senate: Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/03  Senate: VOTE: ACCEDE CONF. COMM. (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/03  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/20/03  Senate: Senators: Potts, Quayle, Howell
02/20/03  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/20/03  House: Delegates: Cline, Jones, S.C., Joannou
02/21/03  Senate: Conference substitute printed 032687512-S2
02/21/03  Conference: Sub. recommended by conference comm. 032687512-S2
02/21/03  Senate: Reading of conference report waived
02/21/03  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/21/03  Senate: VOTE: CONF. COMMITTEE RPT. (37-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/21/03  House: Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 2-N)
02/21/03  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 2-N)
03/03/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1341ER)
03/05/03  Senate: Enrolled
03/05/03  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/03  Senate: Signed by President
03/19/03  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 674 (effective 7/1/03)
03/27/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0674)