Many Health Care Bills Pass on Last Night of Session

Charleston Gazette: A relatively light agenda on the last night of the legislative session saw several bills win final passage and another face major defeat.


  • Cap copays for 30-day supplies of insulin at $100 (HB 4543). During rallies in support of the legislation, West Virginians with diabetes testified that they pay as much as $1,000 a month for the lifesaving drug. The Senate passed the bill 33-1 with Sen. Mike Azinger, R-Wood, voting no.
  • Assure primary diagnostic dental care to Medicaid recipients (SB 648). Advocates of the measure pointed out poor dental hygiene makes it more difficult to find employment and affects quality of life. The House approved the measure 85-15.
  • Create a tobacco cessation task force (HB 4494). Proponents argued that creation of the task force, focused on preventing tobacco use by children and young adults is critically needed given the popularity of vaping and e-cigarettes among young people. It passed the Senate 33-0.
  • Require health insurance plans that cover contraceptives to provide coverage for 12-month refills of contraceptive drugs (HB 4198).
  • Eliminate prior authorization for intrauterine devices and other long-acting reversible contraceptive devices (SB 288).
  • Eliminate a 30-day waiting period for state reimbursement for tubal ligation sterilizations for low-income residents.



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