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Written by: Brittany Anthony
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Project Connect helps connect families to low-cost or free health care for children under 19 years of age and pregnant women. Project Connect initiatives help families learn about the FAMIS programs, assist with the application process, answer questions and help keep them enrolled by assisting with renewal applications. "This project is supported by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in partnership with the Virginia Health Care Foundation."

FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security) is Virginia's health insurance program for children and pregnant women who meet certain income guidelines.

In 2016, there were just over 835,000 kids enrolled in the FAMIS programs (FAMIS Plus or FAMIS), but sadly, roughly half of them did not see a dentist at all during the year. Many families are simply not aware of the services that are available or where they should go for services.

In February, to honor Children's Dental Health Month, MHC Project Connect joined forces with The Community Storehouse, local dentists and regional managed care organizations (collaborate) to distribute over 1,000 packets containing dental products and information about "Smiles for Children," a program that provides coverage for diagnostic, preventive, restorative/surgical procedures, as well as orthodontia services for Medicaid, FAMIS and FAMIS Plus children.

Project Connect outreach advocates are in some of the communities with the highest numbers of uninsured children in Virginia. Since 2008, the Project Connect/FAMIS outreach worker for the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness has been working to identify eligible uninsured and pregnant women in the community. Ann is available most weekdays at the Coalition's health center, Bassett Family Practice, to offer assistance with information and enrollment.

To learn more about FAMIS, or to complete an application, contact Ann Walker, Project Connect/FAMIS Outreach Advocate at 276-732-0509.

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