The Department of Medical Assistance

The Department of Medical Assistance (DMAS) is the agency that administers Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Virginia. The CHIP program in Virginia is called Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS). The mission at DMAS is to provide a system of high quality and cost effective health care services to qualifying Virginians and their families.

Eligibility for Medicaid is based on a combination of financial and non-financial requirements. To apply for Virginia Medicaid, residents of the City of Manassas Park should contact the City of Manassas Park Department of Social Services or the Department of Social Services in the city or county where the applicant lives.  To learn more about Virginia’s CHIP program called FAMIS, visit the FAMIS website at

Medicaid Expansion

MAGI Adult Talking Points

1.       The local department is one of five application paths:  Additional application paths include:

CoverVA Call Center (1-855-242-8282);

VDSS Enterprise Call Center (1-855-635-4370);

The Marketplace (; and

CommonHelp (

2.       Coverage begin date is January 1 and in general is for:

Adults age 19-64, not Medicare eligible;

Income from 0% to 138% FPL

3.       Governors Access Plan (GAP) and Planned First (PF) individuals (less than 138%) will be automatically enrolled (letters have already been mailed to GAP, letters will be mailed to PF to inform them of coverage)

4.       SNAP and Parents of Children will be contacted to inform them that they may now be eligible for health coverage.  They must either:

Complete and return form mailed them;

Call CoverVA Call Center to complete process;

Complete process via CommonHelp.

5.       For additional information including questions about coverage, go to or call 1-855-242-8282.  Individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired can call 1-888-221-1590.


Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be used like cash to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers. Authorized retailers will display either the Quest logo or a picture of a Virginia EBT card.

A SNAP account is established for eligible households and automatic deposits are made into the account each month. To access the account, they will also receive an EBT Card, which will debit the account each time eligible food items are purchased. A secret Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to use the card.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The TANF program provides eligible families with a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs. For a child to be eligible he must be:

Under age 18, or if 18, will graduate from high school before age 19

Going to school regularly if he is between the ages of five and 18

Living with a parent or other relative

A U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant

The Code of Virginia, §63.2, requires that the TANF program be administered in accordance with federal and state statutes and regulations and policies established by the State Board of Social Services.

Virginia's TANF program emphasize personal responsibility. Participants may be provided with services such as job skills training, work experience, job readiness training, childcare assistance, transportation and other work related expenses.

A child will not be eligible if born to or adopted by a TANF recipient more than 10 months after an applicant begins to receive TANF payments. The Division of Child Support Enforcement will send all support collected for this child directly to the family. This support will not count as income in the TANF program.


Other Temporary Financial Assistance

General Relief, Auxiliary Grant, Emergency Assistance, Energy Assistance and Refugee Resettlement

 You can apply for benefits online at CommonHelp 

"CommonHelp" is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s fast and easy way to apply online for many Virginia social services assistance programs. Through a single online site, you can find out what assistance you might be eligible for and submit one application saving you time and effort. You can also use CommonHelp to Check Your Benefits, Report Household Changes, or Renew Your Benefits.

CommonHelp Users Guide

Virginia Manage Care Helpline (800) 643-2273 Contact if you need assistance changing plans.