COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 181

August 15, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

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 in providing information to parents about FAMIS. While the outreach efforts of school divisions and community organizations have been successful, there is more work to be done. There are approximately 449,000 children currently enrolled, but it is estimated that there are 90,000 uninsured children statewide that could be enrolled in FAMIS or FAMIS Plus (Children's Medicaid) today.

 

The Department of Education is again requesting your participation in outreach to uninsured students during the 2008-2009 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. We are asking schools to provide information to parents through a variety of mechanisms (e.g., school nutrition program acceptance letters, kindergarten registration, or report cards).

 

The school nurse coordinator/contact person in each school division may continue to serve as the liaison among the school, the school division, the Department of Education, and the FAMIS office with regards to this effort.

 

Thank you again for your assistance in this very important initiative to improve the health of Virginia's children. If you have any questions, please contact Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at (804) 786-8671 or Tia.campbell@doe.virginia.gov.

 

BKCJr/tbc

 

Attachment

 

a. Recommended FAMIS Activities for Schools (PDF)