Covering Children and Pregnant Women
with Affordable Health Insurance
A Service of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Many teens don’t think about this question…until they have a medical problem or need emergency medical care. A single trip to the ER can end up costing thousands of dollars so it’s important to know whether you have health insurance or not before you need medical help.
If you are under 19 and do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for FAMIS, Virginia’s health insurance program. You can check the eligibility requirements by clicking on the FAMIS option under Our Programs on the navigation bar. We’ve made it very easy to apply.
So go ahead and ask your parent today if you have health insurance.
Ninth graders, Shytece and Serece are 15 year old twins. As well as being sisters, they are also best friends. They share other things in common too, like a like love of running track, and …unfortunately, both girls also suffer from asthma. When Shytece (the eldest by 2 minutes) wanted to try out for track in the 7th grade, she was told that without health insurance and the inhaler she would need to control her asthma, she would not be allowed to run. Luckily, staff at her school suggested to her Mom that the girls might be eligible for FAMIS. They were eligible and the girls have had FAMIS for two years now. Even though both have suffered from severe asthma attacks (Serece even ended up having emergency care), they know that all their treatment and medications are covered… so nothing stops them from doing what they want to do. In addition to track, Shytece sings in a choir and plans to study music in college. Serece also runs track, plays tennis and studies drama. She plans to study journalism in college.
For more information and links about Staying Healthy, click here.
Complete the FAMIS Teen Health Quiz and you could win a backpack of cool FAMIS stuff. Answer 15 questions correctly and you will be automatically entered. There is a new winner every week.
Some clues that your friend has an eating disorder are compulsive exercising, eating a lot without weight gain, constant talk about food and weight, and seeing her go to the bathroom after meals.
FAMIS Teens, Shytece (left) and Serece