SignUpNow is a resource for community-based organizations dedicated to helping the families of eligible children and pregnant women enroll in and benefit from Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs.
Created by the Virginia Coalition for Children’s Health, SignUpNow is administered as the training and technical assistance arm of the Virginia Health Care Foundation’s Children’s Health Insurance Initiative. Today, SignUpNow receives funding through a contract with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services to provide materials, publications and workshops on the FAMIS programs.
Among the services provided by SignUpNow are:
- Technical assistance for organizations on initiating and implementing enrollment activities with their clients or within their communities (schools, child care centers, health care settings, churches, Head-Start programs, etc.).
- Training workshops to help community workers identify their eligible clients and assist families with the application process. Customized workshops for selected audiences are available as needed (primary funding for these workshops is provided by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services).
- Speakers and presentations to raise awareness FAMIS/FAMIS Plus and the link between children’s health and their access to health insurance.
- Trouble-shooting and assistance on a case-by-case basis.
SignUpNow also develops and disseminates detailed support materials, including:
- A comprehensive Community Tool Kit containing child health insurance forms, brochures, posters, client handouts, fact sheets, step-by-step instructions and lists of resources;
- An Online, On-Demand Training Course;
- A quarterly newsletter providing updates on FAMIS/Medicaid; highlights of best-practices; and notices of new resources, upcoming workshops, conferences and funding opportunities;
- Special issue briefs alerting organizations to emerging issues;
- “How To” guides on implementing successful outreach strategies; and
- A “Help Line” (804-828-6062). Staffed by VHCF, the line is a resource for outreach workers regarding policy, eligibility rules or issues and also offers trouble-shooting for local efforts or individual cases that become problematic.