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Kids' Coverage Matters

FAMIS provides affordable health, dental and mental health coverage to children and pregnant women living in families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private insurance.  Yet, over 100,000 eligible children in Virginia are not enrolled, and the program faces expiration in September 2015.

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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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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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Joint Commission on Health Care Presents Oral Health Access Report

The Joint Commission on Health Care staff makes policy recommendations to improve oral health access in the dental safety net.
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