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.
Katie Beckett Services
- Part A of the Katie Beckett Program serves children with the most significant disabilities or complex medical needs.
- Children will 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 will 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.
- Children must meet either Tier 1-Medical, Tier-1 Behavioral levels of care for immediate enrollment into Part A. Children who meet tier 2 Level of Care will be prioritized for enrollment if there is a slot available and may be enrolled in Part B services while waiting for availability in Part A.
- A family may be required to pay a premium for Part A services based on Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI).
- Part B of the Katie Beckett Program will serve 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, consumer-directed respite, and supportive home care services, or an array of services from a community-based provider.
How to Apply
- 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 find the TennCare Connect site and instructions on how to create an account here:
- 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:
Middle Tennessee Regional Office:
East Tennessee Regional Office:
- 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.