Tennessee’s Katie Beckett Program receives federal approval


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TENNESSEE (WATE) — A new program in Tennessee to help the families of children with special needs will officially get the green light later this month.

State officials announcing Monday, Nov. 2, the Katie Beckett Program had received federal approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The program allows children with special or complex needs, who don’t qualify for Medicaid due to their parents’ or guardians’ income, to receive financial assistance to help with their healthcare.

Referrals from the program are expected to start in Nov. 23.

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

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

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