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What is the Katie Beckett Program?

Tennessee’s Katie Beckett program is for children under the age of 18 with disabilities or complex medical needs.  This program is for children who are not Medicaid eligible because of their parent’s income or assets.

This program will provide services and/or help pay for medical care that private insurance does not cover.

Tennessee’s Katie Beckett program has two parts.

Katie Beckett Program - Part A

  • Will serve up to 300 children with the most significant disabilities or complex medical needs.
  • Children would receive full Medicaid benefits, which could include services like home health, private duty nursing, durable medical equipment and supplies, and occupational, physical and speech therapies, among other services.
  • Children in Part A would also receive up to $15,000 a year in home and community- based services.  These are non-medical services that help families care for children in their homes. Some of these services include respite, supportive home care, and home and vehicle modifications.


Katie Beckett Program - Part B

  • Will serve up to 2,700 children with disabilities or complex medical needs.
  • Children in Part B will not be enrolled in Medicaid. They would receive up to $10,000 a year in services for their child.
  • Families will have the flexibility to choose any or all of the following services within their budget:  premium assistance, a health-care savings type account, reimbursement for  services that would benefit the child but can’t be covered under a health-care savings account, self-directed respite and supportive home care services, or an array of services from a community-based provider.

How can people sign up for the new program?

To apply for Tennessee’s Katie Beckett Program, follow the steps below:

  1. The application will start with a self-referral online at TennCare Connect. To begin a self-referral, you must create a TennCare Connect account. You can DO THIS NOW so you’ll be ready to apply. You can find the TennCare Connect site and instructions on how to create an account here: https://tenncareconnect.tn.gov/services/homepage
  2. Filling out the self-referral online is the fastest way to apply for the program. But if you
    don’t have a computer, a DIDD case manager can help you complete the
    self-referral. To get help, call the DIDD office in your region:
                    West Tennessee Regional Office: (866) 372-5709
                    Middle Tennessee Regional Office: (800) 654-4839
                    East Tennessee Regional Office: (888) 531-9876
  3. Once you complete the self-referral, a DIDD case manager will contact you to conduct an assessment. Be ready to provide medical documents that clearly identify your child’s condition and/or proof of intellectual disability at the time of the assessment. Please note: your child’s enrollment could be denied or delayed if you are unable to provide these supporting documents when we meet.

We expect many people will apply for the program right away. We will work as fast as we can to process the applications. Thank you for being patient.

Remember: Applications for the Katie Beckett Program started on Monday, November 23, 2020. We look forward to working with your family and the chance to serve more children across the state of Tennessee.

Where can I find updates about the program?

To stay up to date on the Katie Beckett Program as we move forward, go to:

https://www.tn.gov/tenncare/long-term-services-supports/katie-beckett-waiver.html

OR https://www.tn.gov/didd/katie-beckett-waiver.

You can also follow the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and TennCare on Facebook and Twitter.

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