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Coverage of Breast Pumps and Lactation Services Now Available for ALL Pregnant Women
Beginning January 1, 2016, breast pumps and lactation consultation services will be available to ALL pregnant and postpartum women enrolled in Medicaid, FAMIS and FAMIS MOMS. A woman may request a free breast pump or lactation consultation at any point during her coverage period, if she intends to breastfeed her baby, by talking with her doctor. Electric breast pumps will require pre-authorization by the provider.  Please review the Fact Sheet.  For more information about available fee-for-service coverage of lactation services. If enrolled in a health plan, please contact the MCO's Member Services Department for more information or visit
1095-B Proof of Health Insurance Tax Form
The 1095-B Form is used to report certain information to the IRS and to taxpayers about individuals who are covered by minimum essential coverage and therefore are not liable for the individual shared responsibility payment that is required under the Affordable Care Act.
The Cover Virginia website now includes a dedicated page about the 1095-B Proof of Health Insurance Tax Form, which is required to be completed with tax returns.  The Cover Virginia website includes a toll free number (1-844-803-5600) to speak with a Customer Service Representative about the form. Enrollees in state-sponsored coverage do not need to complete and return the 1095-B Form.  DMAS will fill out and send the form to the Internal Revenue Service for Medicaid and FAMIS enrollees. 
Cold and Flu Season Ads Become Part of FAMIS Marketing Campaign
The second wave of FAMIS ads kicked off on January 4th during Cold and Flu season.  Watch and listen out for the "Parenting Challenges" TV, radio, digital and newspaper ads during the month of January and in early February.
New Posters Available
DMAS recently released new, vibrant, posters - in English and Spanish - to raise awareness about the FAMIS programs!  They are now available to order free of charge from Cover Virginia.  Please feel free to share and use them in your community.
Governor's Access Plan (GAP) - New Posters Available
DMAS released a new set of posters to promote the Governor's Access Plan. GAP integrates primary and behavioral health services and care coordination for Virginia's low income uninsured with serious mental illness (SMI). The free posters are in English and Spanish and can be ordered from Cover Virginia. For more information about the GAP program, please go to
NEW Online Modules Available
Do you have a new employee or volunteer who needs to get up to speed on the fine details of the FAMIS programs? Did you once attend an in person training and need a refresher? The SignUpNow on-line, on-demand training modules were updated with all of the new eligibility and enrollment processes as of October, 2015.  Check it out!
Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends January 31, 2016
Reminder!  The open enrollment period for individuals to buy health insurance in the Federal Marketplace (or ends on January 31, 2016.  After that date, a person may still be eligible to buy health insurance through the Marketplace if s/he qualifies for a Special Enrollment Period. For more information on enrollment through the Marketplace, click here.   
FAMIS Program Enrollment as of January 1, 2016:
  • 56,930 children were enrolled in FAMIS (including 87 in FAMIS Select)
  • 475,297 children were enrolled in FAMIS Plus (including 49,535 in the CHIP Medicaid Expansion)
  • 1,053 pregnant women were enrolled in FAMIS MOMS
  • 16,207 pregnant women were enrolled in Medicaid for Pregnant Women
  • 111,506 men and women were enrolled in Plan First
  • 622 former foster care youth are enrolled in Medicaid