Healthcare is primarily a federal issue, but the General Assembly has taken action to make health care more affordable. Some of the bills Tom has worked for and supported to improve our health care are outlined below:
HB 1958 (2011): Health Insurance. This bill requires dependent coverage of health insurance to employees until they reach age 26. It requires managed care health insurance plans to look for the intentional misrepresentation in advance of a rescission of coverage.
HB 2024 (2009): Flexible Benefits Health Insurance. This bill give small businesses flexibility to offer affordable health insurance plans which will reduce the number of Virginians who are uninsured.
HB 397 (2008): Affordable Health Care. This bill removes certain limitations in deductibles that a HMO may require its participants to pay.
HB761 & HB759 (2006): Long Term Healthcare. This bill provides tax credits for purchase of private long term care insurance and public-private partnership programs.
In addition to the above, Tom has supported through the budget expanded access and support to Virginia's Community health centers and forty seven free clinics (including the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic).