Free or Low-Cost Health Care Programs for Children
Programs for Children in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax
and Falls Church
Fairfax County offers several affordable child health care
programs. Each has its own requirements and all have income
requirements. Services may include:
Primary care and urgent care
School and sports physicals
Laboratory and diagnostic services
Short-term physical therapy
Maternity and Prenatal Care
Finding the Right Health Care Program for Your Child – Where
Should a Family Start?
Call to apply or apply online for FAMIS Plus (Formerly
known as Medicaid)
The first program your child is evaluated for is FAMIS Plus
(formerly Medicaid) through the Department of Family Services:
703-324-3000; TTY 703-222-9452.
This program pays certain medical and health care costs for
eligible children ages 0-19.
Services are offered through private Medicaid-certified
doctors or Managed Care.
If your child is NOT
eligible for FAMIS Plus, an evaluation will be made for the FAMIS (FamilyAccess to Medical Insurance
FAMIS provides health coverage similar to FAMIS Plus, for
eligible families whose children do not have health
FAMIS covers children of working families who earn too much
income to qualify for FAMIS Plus and too little to afford
private health insurance.
*A child's health insurance
cannot have been dropped, without good cause, in the last
four months before application.
If your child is NOT eligible for FAMIS Plus or FAMIS,
contact these other health care programs in Fairfax County:
Pediatric and dental care are provided for children
birth to 18 years old through private physicians and
dentists and a health maintenance organization (HMO).
Some services include primary care, urgent care,
well-child care, immunizations, x-rays, laboratory
tests, pharmacy services and case management. This
program does not offer in-patient and outpatient
For more information call:
Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
This center provides primary pediatric services which
Pediatric care, including well-child care and school
and sports physicals, available for children ages birth
Care is provided by health care professionals employed
by Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children/Inova Health
Fairfax County's Health Department operates three
CHCN centers. Medical care offered is similar to
care in a family doctor's office. Referrals to medical
specialists, and supplemental services and hospitals may
be provided when necessary. These services are available
to children and adults.
Important information about the Community Health Care
CHCN does NOT cover hospital or emergency room
Payment is based on sliding fee scale with small
No one is denied service if they are unable to pay.
CHCN - North County Health Center
11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190
703-689-2180 TTY: 711
CHCN - South County Health Center
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22309
703-704-5333 TTY: 711
CHCN - Merrifield Center
8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, #450
Fairfax, VA 22031 703-237-3446; TTY 711
Assessment and Enrollment Hours:
Monday – Tuesday
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call or visit the Community Health Care Network center
Contact Inova Health System's Partnership for Healthier
This is a community program of Inova Health System and
Fairfax County Public Schools. Families receive a brief,
private interview in person or by phone and are offered
follow-up contacts to ensure that their children receive
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For more information on Free and Low-Cost Health Care for
Children, visit: www.famis.org
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[ 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 ]
[ 703-324-7500 ]