worked tirelessly during the 1998 General Assembly Session to ensure that Virginia adopt a program
that provided the best package of benefits for the greatest possible number of uninsured children.
Recognizing that legislation alone will not ensure that children receive the health care, The Coalition
also launched the statewide outreach initiative, SignUpNow.
At the initiation of the Governor, the 2000 Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that
renamed and significantly revamped the existing CMSIP program into the FAMIS plan. The Coalition
played a key role in passage of this legislation. Working closely with the patrons, The Coalition
helped to amend the original proposal to incorporate several child/consumer protections, to ensure
adoption of the final bill, and to secure additional funding for the program.
The Coalition successfully completed its work at the 2002 legislative
session which resulted in several important changes to the
Medicaid and FAMIS programs many of which took affect in
During the 2003, 2004 and 2005 General Assembly Sessions, the 58 member
Coalition effectively advocated for improvements to Virginia's
health insurance programs for children.
The Virginia Coalition
for Children's Health had another successful year in 2006
helping to increase eligibility in FAMIS MOMS to 166% of FPL,
expand Family Planning Services availability to all women under
133% of poverty (not just those who had a Medicaid covered
birth), and increase reimbursement for pediatric services by 5%
in both years of the biennium. At the 2007 General
Assembly Session, the Coalition helped to pass budget language
increasing the FAMIS MOMS income guidelines to 185%FPL.
In 2010, the Coalition
merged with the
Healthcare for All Virginians Coalition,
a broad-based coalition of
health care providers, consumers, insurers, and businesses
dedicated to creating and advocating for accessible and
affordable quality health care for all Virginians. Over
60 Virginia organizations support the HAV Coalition.