Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee

Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee (CHIPAC) was established by the Virginia Legislature and is maintained by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. The purpose of the committee is to assess the policies, operations and outreach efforts for Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) and FAMIS Plus (children’s Medicaid) and to evaluate enrollment, utilization of services, and health outcomes of children eligible for such programs.

The Committee meets quarterly and consists of a maximum of 20 members. The Joint Commission on Health Care; the Department of Social Services; the Department of Health; the Department of Education; the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; and the Virginia Health Care Foundation are mandated by the Code of Virginia to have a member serve on CHIPAC. Additional, non-mandated members are from various provider associations, children’s advocacy groups or individuals with significant knowledge and interest in children’s health insurance issues.

CHIPAC Committee
Meeting Dates
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Executive Committee
Meeting Dates
Friday, February 3, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
2016 Meetings
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016


The mission of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee is to advise the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources on ways to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of DMAS programs to address the health needs of children.


To achieve the mission of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee and to continuously work to improve health services for children, two standing subcommittees were established. These subcommittees include:

Executive Subcommittee:

This subcommittee includes the Chair and Vice Chair of CHIPAC and Chair of the Membership subcommittee, as well as one or more at-large members of CHIPAC. This subcommittee generally meets one month prior to the full committee meeting to establish the agenda and prepare for the upcoming full committee meeting and guide CHIPAC’s work between full committee meetings.

Membership Subcommittee:

The purpose of the Membership Subcommittee is to recruit and orientate new CHIPAC members and officers, address bylaws concerns and monitor attendance.

For more information on CHIPAC meetings or to view agendas and meeting minutes from past meetings, please visit the Commonwealth Calendar.