Richmond VA > Social Services > Programs > Children's Health Insurance (FAMIS)

Last Updated: 2015-01-27

FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan) is Virginia's children's health insurance
program for children under the age of 19, living in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.
FAMIS covers all the medical care growing children might need to avoid getting sick, plus the medical
care that will help them if they do get sick or get hurt.

Apply for Benefits Online

Check or Renew Benefits / Report Changes


Children may be eligible if they:

  • Live in Virginia.
  • Are under age 19.
  • Are United States citizens or qualified aliens.
  • Are not eligible for FAMIS Plus (also known as Children’s Medicaid).
  • Live in families meeting FAMIS income guidelines.

Documents You May Need

  • Proof of citizenship.
  • Social Security number.
  • Recent federal tax filing information (if available).
  • Job and income information for household members (pay stubs or W2s).
  • Information about other taxable income for household members: (SS benefits, unemployment,
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance.

Helpful Information

Cover Virginia - FAMIS

FAMIS Covered Services

Application Assisters (for help completing your application)

FAMIS Toll-Free Hotline: 1-877-86FAMIS

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