COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120



 
 
 
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 178
September 29, 2000

 

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Health Insurance for Children: Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) Plan

The 2000 session of the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation to revise and rename the Virginia Children's Medical Security Insurance Plan (CMSIP) as the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) Plan. The provisions of the bill will become effective pending approval by the federal Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

Individuals who are enrolled in CMSIP on the date of federal approval of the FAMIS Plan will continue to be enrolled in FAMIS as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

FAMIS is designed to provide comprehensive health care benefits to program participants, including well-child and preventive services, to the extent required to comply with federal requirements of Title XXI of the Social Security Act. These benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and skilled nursing services for special education students.

FAMIS will focus on outreach efforts to inform the public about the program and to enroll eligible children in the new program. The Department of Education and other agencies will collaborate with the Department of Medical Assistance Services to develop a comprehensive outreach plan. Components of the outreach plan will include procedures for streamlining and simplifying the application process, brochures, and forms. Gwen Smith is the Department of Education's contact with the Department of Medical Assistance for FAMIS outreach planning.

By improving the health of Virginia's children, FAMIS has the potential to reduce student absenteeism and improve academic performance. If you have questions please contact Gwen Smith, school health specialist, at 804-786-8671 or email (mailto:gpsmith@pen.k12.va.us).

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