2021 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Newman
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Program Modification (language only)

Item 302 #2s

Item 302 #2s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Health


Page 335, strike lines 26 through 38, and insert:

"F.1. Out of this appropriation, $2,000,000 the first year and $3,000,000 the second year from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant shall be provided for the purpose of expanding access to hormonal long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) that delay or prevent ovulation.  The Virginia Department of Health shall only use these funds for the purchase of hormonal Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) devices that delay or prevent ovulation and implement a program to make such devices available to local health departments and other health care providers at no cost.  The department shall only accept applications from health care providers that agree to provide the LARC devices, at no charge, to their patients, whose income is below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department shall have authority to operate as a wholesale distributor of prescription drugs, which shall be limited to only hormonal long-acting reversible contraception devices that delay or prevent ovulation.  The department shall negotiate or utilize the most cost-effective methods for purchasing LARCs in order to maximize the number to be purchased.   The department shall report within 30 days after the close of each quarter with a status update to include: (i) number of LARCs purchased and the unit price;  and (ii) number of LARCs distributed in total and by health care provider.  The status update shall be submitted to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees."


(This amendment limits the Virginia Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) program to hormonal LARCs that delay or prevent ovulation and modifies and changes the program from a reimbursement program with contracted providers to one in which the Virginia Department of Health purchases the LARCs and makes them available at no cost to health care providers.)