Congress has not renewed federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as FAMIS and FAMIS MOMS in Virginia. If Congress does not renew CHIP funding prior to January 31, 2018, the state will end the program and thousands of children and pregnant women in Virginia will lose affordable medical, dental, and mental health coverage. The…

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Date:  Thursday, July 13, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Location:  New College Institute, 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA  REGISTER View the event flyer Description “Oral Health in Pregnancy and Early Childhood” will explore the role of oral health in a healthy pregnancy and during infancy and early childhood, as well as techniques to improve access…

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Integrating oral health into all aspects of health care can expand access to oral health services, enhance comprehensive health care, and improve patient wellness.  Health providers from multiple disciplines can deliver oral health services, education and referrals in most care settings, and dental providers can offer similar clinical services.  In many instances, these services are…

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Did you know over 100,000 children in Virginia are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS)?  FAMIS provides affordable health, dental and mental health coverage to children and pregnant women living in families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private insurance.   FAMIS…

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Our partners in primary care do an outstanding job to integrate oral health services, with key, collaborative support from the dental community. Following this, we are making partners aware of an important code change that will affect medical providers who bill Medicaid for fluoride varnish application. (There is no change for dental providers.) Medical Providers Only: Beginning March 1, 2015, physicians and other qualified…

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On January 2, 2015, the Virginian-Pilot published the article “Special-needs patients face difficulties with dental care,” highlighting the issues that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities may face when accessing dental care. The article mentioned the Coalition's recent program, funded by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, that aimed to increase the number of Virginia…

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Chesapeake, Va. Adults with developmental disabilities will receive free oral health services on Saturday, October 18 through a training program designed to teach dental providers how to care for individuals with special health care needs. Dentists are unlikely to receive this type of specialized training in dental school, and many people with developmental disabilities lack…

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