On June 15 we held a press conference to announce the United Way’s receipt of a $93,000 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation to create the Insurance for Children Project to help children get health coverage.
The United Way, in partnership with the Albemarle County Department of Social Services and other community groups, is helping to enroll uninsured children in Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS), a statewide program that helps eligible families provide affordable health insurance to their children.
FAMIS covers doctor visits, prescription drugs, tests, x-rays, hospital care, vision and dental care, eyeglasses and more. FAMIS has no enrollment costs or monthly premiums. Some services may require a small co-pay, usually no more than $5. Preventative services like regular checkups are free. A family of four can earn up to $44,100 and qualify.
Broadus Wood Elementary School nurse Dorothy Trotta was at the press conference, and spoke of uninsured sick or injured children who did not have a family physician because they lacked the ability to pay, and so had to use the emergency room for care, causing even greater financial stress on the families. She was relieved to know that there is now an active outreach program in place to walk these families through the process of signing up for FAMIS.
The grant enabled us to hire a part time outreach worker, Jennifer Zadory, who is based here at the United Way, and also to provide funding to the Albemarle County Dept. of Social Services to pay for a part time eligibility worker stationed at UVA Medical Center to help families onsite sign their children up for this coverage.
The local TV stations, NewsRadio1070 WINA and The Daily Progress all carried stories on the announcement, and Albemarle County Schools sent home information on the program with their end-of-year packets for all student. The good news is that Jennifer’s phone has been ringing ever since.
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