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
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions drugs
  • Immunizations
  • Well-child visits
  • School and sports physicals
  • X-rays
  • Laboratory and diagnostic services
  • Short-term physical therapy
  • Dental care
  • Vision services

Maternity and Prenatal Care

Fairfax County residents can now apply online for Maternity On-Line Medical Referral Services - MOMS to find out if they are eligible for Health Department maternity and prenatal care services.

Finding the Right Health Care Program for Your Child – Where Should a Family Start?

  1. 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.
  2. If your child is NOT eligible for FAMIS Plus, an evaluation will be made for the FAMIS (FamilyAccess to Medical Insurance Security) program.
    • FAMIS provides health coverage similar to FAMIS Plus, for eligible families whose children do not have health insurance.*
    • 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.

  3. If your child is NOT eligible for FAMIS Plus or FAMIS, contact these other health care programs in Fairfax County:

    bullet Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP). Features include:

    • 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 hospital care.

    For more information call:

    Department of Family Services
    12011 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035

    bulletInova Pediatric Center 703-205-2600 (English and Spanish)

    This center provides primary pediatric services which include:

    • Pediatric care, including well-child care and school and sports physicals, available for children ages birth to 21.
    • Care is provided by health care professionals employed by Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children/Inova Health System

    bullet Community Health Care Network (CHCN)

    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 Network (CHCN):

    • CHCN does NOT cover hospital or emergency room bills.
    • Payment is based on sliding fee scale with small co-payments.
    • No one is denied service if they are unable to pay.

    For more information on the Community Health Care Network, call or visit:


    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.

    One-Step Access to All Programs:

    Call or visit the Community Health Care Network center listed above


    Contact Inova Health System's Partnership for Healthier Kids: 703-698-2550.

    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 health care.


Versión en español

For more information on Free and Low-Cost Health Care for Children, visit:

Department of Family Services
703-324-3000 (English and Spanish);
TTY 703-222-9452
Fairfax County Human Services Access
703-222-0880; TTY 703-803-7914

Information in Spanish:


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