Child Health Insurance

No child should have to go without health care.  Uninsured children lose out on important preventive care — from dental visits to yearly check-ups — laying the groundwork for more serious health issues later in life.  Many children also suffer needlessly from life threatening asthma attacks and other conditions that could be controlled with regular care.

How VHCF is helping

VHCF’s Children’s Health Insurance Initiative works both in local communities and at the state level to increase enrollment of eligible children and pregnant women in Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs, FAMIS and FAMIS Plus. FAMIS provides coverage for doctor and hospital visits, vaccinations and prescription medications, dental, vision and mental health care, and more.  A family of four with a monthly income up to $4,203 could qualify for coverage for their children.

  • VHCF sponsors locally-based Project Connect initiatives to help families learn about the FAMIS programs, determine if they’re eligible, sign them up and keep them enrolled.  Since 1999,VHCF grantees directly enrolled nearly 93,000 children and pregnant women in state-sponsored health insurance.
  • VHCF provides in-depth training and technical assistance to current and past Project Connect grantees, as well as to independent outreach projects through its SignUpNow initiative.
  • Through its Children’s Health Insurance Initiative, VHCF also documents barriers to state programs and advocates for policy and program improvements statewide.
  • VHCF provides access to a broad array of training and outreach materials to help ensure the success of child health outreach programs.  Materials range from on-demand training to details on FAMIS eligibility guidelines to periodic child health workshops.

VHCF’s Children’s Health Insurance Initiative would not be possible without the continued support of its partners, who have been instrumental to building a network that works for children and families across Virginia. The Foundation works with representatives from the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Virginia Department of Social Services to improve policies, procedures and systems for Virginia’s families. The Virginia Poverty Law Center provides VHCF technical assistance regarding eligibility and enrollment for the FAMIS programs. The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) is an outreach and enrollment partner.

VHCF is also the recipient of federal outreach and enrollment funds from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Connecting Kids to Coverage program.

Changing Lives

“I’ll never forget the day I met Denise and learned about the FAMIS programs. They gave my son a chance for a normal life.”

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