Tennessee’s Katie Beckett Program Receives Federal Approval by Gloria Crawford

Starting on November 23, 2020, TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) will begin accepting referrals for the Katie Beckett Program (the “Program”). Under the Program, children with disabilities and/or complex medical needs that are not currently Medicaid eligible, because of their parents’ income or assets, may now receive coverage if they qualify for the Program. There are two parts to the Program. Under Part A of the Program, Medicaid will be provided to children with the most significant disabilities or complex medical needs. In contrast, Part B recipients will not be enrolled in Medicaid. Instead, these children will receive a capped package of supports of up to $10,000 annually to assist with meeting their need for care.

Applications for the Program will begin on November 23, 2020 on the TennCare Connect website. After applying, a case manager will reach out to the family to continue the assessment process. Both agencies expect a high volume of applicants, and will work to get through each applicant as quickly as possible. Families that have already expressed interest in applying for the program will be notified about the upcoming application deadline.


Post Authored by Gloria Crawford