Senate Bill 557 History
Senate Bill No. 557
(By Senators Yost, Kessler (Mr. President), Fitzsimmons and
[Introduced March 18, 2013; referred to the Committee on
Government Organization .]
A BILL to amend and reenact §16-2J-3 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to authorizing continued operation
of certain pilot programs after expiration date; and resetting
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §16-2J-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2J. PREVENTIVE CARE PILOT PROGRAM.
§16-2J-3. Authorization of preventive care pilot program; number
of participants and sites; Health Care Authority
considerations in selection of participating
(a) The Health Care Authority shall, in consultation with the
Insurance Commissioner, develop and implement during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, a pilot program that permits providers
to market and sell prepaid memberships entitling subscribers to
obtain preventive and primary health care from the participating
providers. Participating providers shall not be allowed to offer
their qualifying services at more than six separate sites. The
pilot program shall expire on June 30,
. Those pilots in
operation as of the expiration date may continue to operate
pursuant to this article and shall be considered grandfathered.
(b) Subject to this article, the Health Care Authority is
vested with discretion to select providers using diversity in
practice organization, geographical diversity and other criteria it
deems appropriate. The Health Care Authority also shall give
consideration to providers located in rural areas or serving a high
percentage or large numbers of uninsured.
(c) In furtherance of the objectives of this article, the
Health Care Authority is authorized to accept any and all gifts,
grants and matching funds whether in the form of money or services.
However, no gifts, grants and matching funds shall be provided to
the Health Care Authority by the State of West Virginia to further
the objectives of this article.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize continued
operation of certain pilot programs beyond the expiration date, and
to advance the expiration date.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would