RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will begin notifying Virginia families with one or more family members who are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that they could lose their coverage unless the United States Congress reauthorizes the program soon.
If Congress does not reauthorize CHIP funding, Virginia will run out of funding for its program, called FAMIS, on January 31st. The letters are intended to warn families of that possibility and inform them about steps they can take now to prepare while they wait for Congress to act. As of December 1st, there were 68,495 Virginia children and 1,114 pregnant women who stood to lose coverage if Congress fails to reauthorize funding for CHIP.
“It is truly shameful that gridlock and dysfunction in Congress have left nearly 70,000 Virginians who depend on the FAMIS program hanging in limbo,” said Governor McAuliffe. “After delaying these notifications to give Congress as much time to act as possible, Virginia has a responsibility to these families to inform them of the possibility that their coverage could lapse so they can be as prepared as possible to explore alternatives. It is past time for Congress to reauthorize this program so that these Virginians can have the certainty they deserve.”
The letter included below will be mailed tomorrow. A subsequent communication will be made in the event that Congress reauthorizes the CHIP program and no further action is necessary, or if they fail to reauthorize it and coverage will be terminated.
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
Insert mailing address here December 12, 2017 FAMILY Case ID: #####
Important Information About FAMIS and FAMIS MOMS
We are sending you this letter because these people in your family are enrolled in FAMIS or FAMIS MOMS:
Insert member names here
FAMIS and FAMIS MOMS are paid for by state and federal funds through the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP. For 20 years CHIP has had the strong support of Congress and has been renewed many times. We are hopeful that Congress will once again provide the funding to continue this program. However, because Congress has not acted yet, we need to let you know that there is a chance the FAMIS programs may have to shut down.
If Congress does not act soon, the FAMIS programs will end on January 31, 2018.
Important Things for You to Know
Here’s What You Can Do Right Now
We will keep you informed of what is happening through the mail and our website http://www.coverva.org.
If you have questions about this letter call 1-855-242-8282.
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Departamento de Servicios de Asistencia Médica de Virginia
12 de diciembre de 2017
Información importante sobre FAMIS y FAMIS MOMS
Le enviamos esta carta ya que hay personas en su grupo familiar que están inscritas en FAMIS o FAMIS MOMS. Vea el reverso de esta carta para conocer los nombres de las personas inscritas.
FAMIS y FAMIS MOMS están financiados mediante fondos estatales y federales a través del Programa de Seguro Médico para Niños (Children’s Health Insurance Program) conocido como CHIP. Durante 20 años, CHIP ha contado con un fuerte apoyo del Congreso y se ha renovado en varias oportunidades. Esperamos que el Congreso otra vez aporte el financiamiento para continuar con este programa. Sin embargo, dado que el Congreso aún no ha actuado, nos vemos obligados a avisarle que existe la posibilidad de que los programas FAMIS sean cerrados.
Si el Congreso no actúa pronto, los programas FAMIS finalizarán el 31 de enero de 2018.
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Lo mantendremos informado sobre las novedades mediante correo y a través de nuestro sitio web http://www.coverva.org. Si tiene preguntas sobre esta carta, llame al 1-855-242-8282.