Health, Welfare & Institutions Committee

Health, Welfare & Institutions Committee


Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

MembersMark Sickles (Chair) – Dawn Adams – Lashrecse Aird –  John Avoli – Rob Bell – Karrie Delaney – James Edmunds – Buddy Fowler – Elizabeth Guzman – Cliff Hayes – Christopher Head – Keith Hodges – Patrick Hope –  Mark Levine – Bobby Orrock – Marcia Price – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Ibraheem Samirah – Kathy Tran – Wendell Walker – Rodney Willett

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans


  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Professions
  • Health, Social Services




VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages


Institutions Subcommittee

Meets on:

MembersMarcia Price, (Chair),  Rob BellChristopher Head,   Patrick Hope,  Mark Levine,  Rodney Willett

Health Professions Subcommittee

Meets on:

Members:  Dawn Adams(Chair),  Karrie Delaney,  Keith Hodges,  Sam RasoulRoxann RobinsonIbraheem Samirah

Health Subcommittee

Meets on:

MembersPatrick Hope (Chair),  Dawn Adams,  James EdmundsBuddy Fowler,  Cliff HayesBobby Orrock,  Sam Rasoul,   Kathy Tran

Social Services Subcommittee

Meets on:

MembersElizabeth Guzman (Chair),  Lashrecse AirdJohn Avoli,  Karrie Delaney  Kathy TranWendell Walker


HB 1795 – Board of Counseling (January 28, 2021)

  • Delegate Cole sponsored a bill that which requires the Board of Counseling to issue a license as a licensed professional counselor without examination fo to a person who has applied for such a license and who satisfies all other education, experience and fitness to practice.
  • Voted to lay bill on the table 20 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2268 – Power of State Health Commissioner in epidemic (January 28, 2021)

  • Delegate Cole sponsored a bill that which allows a parent or guardian to object to the vaccination or immunization of a child on the grounds that it conflicts with his or her religious practices, even in the midst of an emergency or epidemic disease that has been declared by the United States.
  • Voted to lay bill on the table 13 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

HB 2242 – COVID-19 immunization; discrimination prohibited (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate LaRock sponsored a bill that which prohibits the Board of Health and the Department of Health from requiring any person to undergo vaccination for COVID-19 and prohibits discrimination based on a person’s vaccination status with regard to education, employment, insurance, and issuance of state identification.
  • Voted to lay bill on the table 18 – Yeas 3 – Nays 1 – Abs.

Bills in committee 

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

HB 1932 – Child-placing agencies (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Levine sponsored a bill that which repeals the provisions that allows child-placing agencies to refuse to perform, assist with, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placements when proposed placement would violate agency’s religious or moral convictions.
  • Voted to report bill with amendments 13 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

HB 1962 – Foster care; termination of parental rights (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Gooditis sponsored a bill that which requires social services in localities to involve in the development of a child’s foster care plan the child’s relatives and closest kin who are interested in the child’s welfare.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 1988 – Processing and dispensing of cannabis oil (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Adams sponsored a bill that which would effect changes to the processing and dispensing of cannabis oil by pharmaceutical processors in the Commonwealth. Allows for designated care facilities to assist with the administration of cannabis oil for any patients residing in the caregiver facility.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 22 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2005 – Disposition of remains (January 27, 2021)

  • Chairman of the subcommittee sponsored a bill that which establishes order of priority for persons who have the right to make arrangements and otherwise be responsible for a decedent’s funeral and the disposition of his remains.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 18 – Yeas 3 – Nays.

HB 2086 – Portability of background checks for childcare providers (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate McGuire sponsored a bill that which exempts prospective employees and volunteers in childcare provision from background check requirements once on has been completed in the previous five years.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 20 – Yeas 0 – Nays.


Bills passed

Commissions & Boards

Joint Commission on Health Care

Source: Website

The JCHC was established as a standing commission of the Virginia General Assembly in 1992. JCHC seeks through its research, recommendations, and legislative actions to “ensure that the Commonwealth as provider, financier, and regulator adopts the most cost-effective and efficacious means of delivery of health care services so that the greatest number of Virginians receive quality health care.” JCHC’s statutory purpose and authority are denoted in Code of Virginia §§ 30-168 through 170.

State Executive Council for Children’s Services

Source: Webpage

To oversee the administration of Office of Children’s Services and make such decisions as may be necessary to carry out its purposes.

Commonwealth Council on Aging

Source: Webpage

To promote an effective, coordinated approach to meeting the needs of older Virginians.

Child Support Guidelines Review Panel

Source: Webpage

Review Child Support Guidelines established pursuant to § 20-108.2 H. The Panel shall determine the adequacy of the guideline for the determination of appropriate awards for the support of children by considering current research and data on the cost of and expenditures necessary for rearing children, and any other resources it deems relevant to such review.

Virginia Disability Commission

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Commission is to identify and recommend legislative priorities and policies for adoption or examination by the General Assembly in order to provide ongoing support in developing and reviewing services and funding related to Virginians with physical and sensory disabilities.

Commonwealth Council on Aging

Source: Webpage

To promote an effective, coordinated approach to meeting the needs of older Virginians.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission

Source: Website

The 15 appointed members of the Commission serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources (HHR), and assist people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, as well as their caregivers. Commission meetings are held quarterly and members also serve on workgroups. In 2011 the Commission released Virginia’s first Dementia State Plan, which was updated in 2015 and will be revised every four years to remain receptive to the needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. The Commission also sponsors a website that is accessible to Virginia citizens who wish to learn more about the Commonwealth’s commitment to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This website contains information that can assist both family members and community service providers. It lists a series of free educational “webinars” on topics that impact persons dealing with the disease. The website is

Autism Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

To promote coordination of services and resources among agencies involved in the delivery of services to Virginians with autism spectrum disorders and to increase public awareness of such services and resources.

Block Grants

Source: Webpage

To ensure the continued receipt of federal funds pursuant to the Preventive Health and Human Services Block Grant, the Community Services Block Grant, or any other federal block grant program requiring legislative public hearings.
Report Date: The Subcommittee shall be continued for so long as federal law requires legislative hearings as a condition of any application for or receipt of any federal block grant moneys.

Commonwealth Health Research Board

Source: Website

Provide financial support, in the form of grants, donations, or other assistance, for research efforts that have the potential of maximizing human health benefits for the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight

Source: Webpage

The Joint Subcommittee shall monitor, evaluate and respond to federal legislation that repeals, amends or replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Title XXI of the Social Security Act) or any proposals to block grant or change the method by which these programs are funded. The joint subcommittee shall recommend actions to be taken by the General Assembly to address the impact of any such federal legislation that would affect the state budget and health care coverage now available to Virginians. Furthermore, the subcommittee shall evaluate federal changes for opportunities to improve Virginia’s Medicaid and other health insurance programs. The Joint Subcommittee shall provide ongoing oversight of initiatives and operations of the Health and Human Resources agencies.The joint subcommittee shall examine progress made in implementing changes to: (i) Medicaid managed care programs, including managed long-term supports and services (the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus program) and changes to the Medallion program; (ii) Medicaid waiver programs including the Medicaid waivers serving individuals with developmental disabilities; (iii) the Medicaid Enterprise System; (iv) improve eligibility, enrollment and renewal processes in the Medicaid and CHIP programs; (v) the organizational structure and realignment of staff and resources of the Department of Medical Assistance Services resulting from the change from a fee-for-service to a managed care delivery system; (vi) improve the cost effective delivery of services through the Comprehensive Services Act; and (vii) initiatives and programmatic changes across the Health and Human Resources agencies to ensure efficient and effective use of resources across the Secretariat.

Health Insurance Reform Commission

Source: Webpage

The Health Insurance Reform Commission was established by House Bill 2138 of the 2013 Session. The Commission’s powers and duties include monitoring the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act); assessing proposed mandated health insurance benefits and providers; and developing recommendations to increase access to health insurance coverage are reasonable, and encourage a robust market for health insurance products in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority,

Source: Website

To provide for the health, welfare, convenience, knowledge, benefit, and prosperity of the residents of the Commonwealth and such other persons who might be served by the Authority. The Authority is being established to move the Commonwealth forward in achieving its vision of ensuring a quality health workforce for all Virginians.

Henrietta Lacks Commission

Source: Webpage

The Henrietta Lacks Commission (the Commission) is established as an advisory commission in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Commission is to sustain the legacy of the life-changing contribution of Henrietta Lacks to medical science by advancing cancer research and treatment through the creation of a biomedical research and data center.

Advisory Council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS) Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANDAS)

Source: Webpage

There is hereby created in the executive branch of state government the Advisory Council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (the Advisory Council), for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of Health on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education relating to pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome

Task Force on Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Source: Webpage

Develops model treatment and transfer plans for use by transfer hospitals, treatment hospitals, and pediatric health care facilities and works with hospitals and pediatric health care facilities to facilitate the development of treatment and transfer plans; develops model written transfer agreements for use by treatment hospitals, transfer hospitals, and pediatric health care facilities and works with treatment hospitals, transfer hospitals, and pediatric health care facilities to facilitate the development of transfer agreements; develops model written agreements for use by treatment hospitals and approved pediatric health care facilities required to enter into agreements with rape crisis centers; works with treatment hospitals and approved pediatric health care facilities to develop plans to employ or contract with sexual assault forensic examiners to ensure the provision of treatment services to survivors of sexual assault by sexual assault forensic examiners, including plans for implementation of on-call systems to ensure availability of sexual assault forensic examiners; and works with treatment hospitals and approved pediatric health care facilities to identify and recommend processes to ensure compliance with law related to the creation, storage, and retention of photographic and other documentation and evidence.

Southwest Virginia Health Authority


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