COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 168

August 19, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan (FAMIS)

 

The goal of outreach for Virginia's Health Insurance Program for Children (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan) is to improve health outcomes of children from low-income families across the Commonwealth by informing, encouraging, and facilitating the enrollment of eligible children.

Since the 2002-2003 school year, the Department of Education has requested your assistance with getting information to parents about FAMIS. While the outreach efforts of school divisions and community organizations during those three years have been successful, there is more work to be done. It is estimated that there are 10,000 20,000 uninsured children statewide that could be enrolled in FAMIS or FAMIS Plus today.

 

The Department of Education is again requesting your participation in outreach to your uninsured students during the 2005-2006 school year. The attached table presents the recommended activities and the anticipated dates.

 

The Department of Medical Assistance Services has sent informational materials about the FAMIS program to schools for local outreach efforts. Community-based outreach organizations may contact school divisions directly to develop partnerships in this effort. We encourage you to work with them.

 

Please use these materials to share information with parents regarding the availability of low-cost health insurance through FAMIS or the availability of health services through FAMIS Plus (Childrens Medicaid). We are asking schools to provide information to parents through a variety of mechanisms (e.g., first day of school packets, school nutrition program acceptance letters, kindergarten registration, or report cards).

 

The school divisions school nurse coordinator/contact person may continue to serve as the liaison between school-level FAMIS outreach to parents, the Department of Education, and the FAMIS Office.

 

Thank you again for your assistance in this very important initiative to improve the health of Virginias children. If you have any questions please contact Gwen P. Smith, school health specialist, at (804) 786-8671 or gwen.smith@doe.virginia.gov.

 

JLD/gps

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf168a.pdf