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Virginia Legislators Recognize Value of Oral Health Care During Pregnancy

On Sunday, February 8, Virginia's House and Senate both released budgets that included funding for dental benefits for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid and FAMIS MOMS. 

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DMAS Releases Pregnancy Dental Benefit Fact Sheets for Providers, Enrollees

Comprehensive dental benefits for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid and FAMIS MOMS will begin on March 1, 2015. On this date, providers may begin billing for this benefit and enrolled pregnant women can receive dental services. Provider and patient benefit information is available now. 

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Happy 70th Anniversary, Water Fluoridation!

Happy anniversary to water fluoridation – otherwise known as dental disease prevention in the tap! On January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city in the world to fluoridate its community water supply. [Read more]

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Virginian-Pilot Article Highlights Dental Issues Faced by Adults with Special Needs

On January 2, 2015, the Virginian-Pilot published the article "Special-needs patients face difficulties with dental care," highlighting the issues that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities may face when accessing dental care.

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Why SCHIP Matters for Virginia

In Virginia, the FAMIS health plan provides affordable medical and dental coverage to nearly 200,000 children and pregnant women in Virginia living in families earning too much to qualify for Medicaid (over $26,321/year for a family of three or 134% FPL) and less than $39,581 for a family of three or 200% FPL. The State Children's Health Insurance Partnership (or "SCHIP") is the federal program that enables FAMIS; however, SCHIP funding expires September 30, 2015. If funding does not continue, the majority of those insured through FAMIS will lose their medical and dental benefits. Read what the Coalition is doing to ensure no Virginians lose coverage. 

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