- Report Published -
|Mandated Coverage for Colorectal Cancer Screening|
|Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits|
|The 1999 Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor referred Senate Bill 1285 to the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Benefits (Advisory Commission) to be reviewed prior to the 2000 Session of the General Assembly. Senate Bill 1285 is patroned by Senator Emily Couric.|
The Advisory Commission held a public hearing on July 28, 1999, in Richmond to receive public comments on Senate Bill 1285. In addition to the bill’s chief patron, three interested parties spoke in favor of Senate Bill 1285. One speaker was a gastroenterologist, another was a registered gastroenterology nurse, and the third was a patient with colorectal cancer. Written comments supporting the bill were received from the American Cancer Society, and the Old Dominion Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Representatives from the Virginia Association of Health Plans (VAHP) and the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) also addressed Senate Bill 1285 at the public hearing, but did not oppose the bill.
Written comments in opposition to Senate Bill 1285 were received from Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Virginia Manufacturers Association. No one spoke in opposition to Senate Bill 1285 at the public hearing.