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Group Photo2016 State Breast Cancer Advocacy Day

VBCF hosted the 2016 State Breast Cancer Advocacy Day on February 4. The day followed a new format with attendees encouraged to make appointments to meet with their representatives. VBCF also invited all legislators to a morning reception in the General Assembly building. As a result, more than 30 breast cancer advocates were able to meet with over 40 senators, delegates, and aides.  Advocates especially enjoyed hearing the personal remarks shared by the legislators who spoke during the reception.  It was a great day and VBCF thanks all the advocates who made their voices heard!

2016 General Assembly Session Wrap-Up

Virginia’s legislature adjourned a day early on Friday, March 12th.  VBCF followed a number of bills during the session related to Medicaid expansion; prescription coverage; cancer prevention, treatment and palliative care; and environmental issues – almost all of which did not make it out of committee or are continued to 2017 (see summary chart below). While the session yielded a biannual, bipartisan budget, VBCF is disappointed that Medicaid expansion, which would ensure that all Virginians have access to breast cancer screening and treatment, failed for the third year in a row. The failure of Virginia’s legislators to accept federal funding to close this coverage gap hurts Virginians’ health and the state’s economy.

Bills Committee Last action Date
HB 356Garrett – Tanning facilities; prohibits use by persons under age 18. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Left in Commerce and Labor 02/16/16
HB 473Filler-Corn – Palliative Care Information and Education Program; established. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions (H) Continued to 2017 in Health, Welfare and Institutions 02/09/16
HB 495Simon – Synthetic turf; three-year moratorium on installation at schools and parks. (H) Committee on Education (H) Left in Education 02/16/16
HB 702McClellan – Health benefit plans; prescription drugs, tiers. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Left in Commerce and Labor 02/16/16
HB 977Lopez – State waters; unlawful discharge of deleterious substance into waters. (H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (H) VOTE: ENGROSSMENT REFUSED (37-Y 56-N) 02/15/16
HB 978Yancey – Health insurance; proton radiation therapy coverage decisions. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor 01/28/16
HB 1076Yancey – Employment; break time and location for employees to express breast milk. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Left in Commerce and Labor 02/16/16
HB 1113Hugo – Prescription drugs; price transparency. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor 02/11/16
HB 1204Minchew – Virginia Health Care Access Fund; created. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions (H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions 02/16/16
HJ 201Peace – Commending the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. (S) Agreed to by Senate by voice vote 02/04/16
SB 227McEachin – Environmental Quality, Department of; toxic waste site inventory. (H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

(S) Committee on Finance

(H) Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources 03/08/16
SB 231Miller – Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act; e-cigarettes. (S) Committee on Local Government (S) Passed by indefinitely in Local Government (8-Y 4-N) 02/09/16
SB 343Lucas – Cancer; possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(H) Left in Courts of Justice 03/08/16
SB 383Vogel – Health insurance; parity of coverage for oral chemotherapy medications. (S) Committee on Commerce and Labor (S) Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor (10-Y 0-N) 02/08/16
SB 442Dance – Health benefit plans; prescription drugs; tiers. (S) Committee on Commerce and Labor (S) Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N) 02/08/16
SB 487Hanger – Prescription drug price transparency. (S) Committee on Education and Health (S) Continued to 2017 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) 02/04/16
SB 537Surovell – Coal combustion by-product impoundments; closure requirements. (S) Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (S) Failed to report (defeated) in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (7-Y 7-N 1-A) 02/04/16
SB 639Alexander – Health insurance; proton radiation therapy coverage decisions. (S) Committee on Commerce and Labor (S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (15-Y 0-N) 02/01/16
SB 701 Marsden – Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; permitting of pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee for Courts of Justice

(G) Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016 03/11/16
SB 706Chafin – FOIA; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology (S) Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (9-Y 0-N) 02/15/16