Cline Bill to Make Health Insurance More Affordable Passes the House

RICHMOND, VA - Delegate Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) today announced that his bill (HB 2233) to make health insurance more affordable for Virginia families and individuals by allowing individuals to buy out-of-state policies has passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 66 to 32. 

“Families and working individuals across Virginia continue to face challenges when it comes to the rising costs of health care,” said Cline.  “Unfortunately, Obamacare has not made health insurance more affordable, and I am pleased that my bill allowing folks to buy out-of-state policies has passed the House.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to send this important piece of legislation to the Governor for his signature.” 

HB 2233 authorizes any out-of-state health insurer to sell individual or group health benefit plans in the Commonwealth if it is approved to sell such plans in the foreign health insurer's domiciliary state.  The measure establishes requirements applicable to such sales, including registration, disclosures, compliance with marketing standards, and financial condition.  In addition, the measure has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2018. 

Cline represents the 24th House District, including the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Bath County, Rockbridge County, and parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties. He was elected in 2002, and re-elected to his eighth term in November 2015. Cline is a member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Courts of Justice Committee.