Katie Beckett is an eligibility category that allows certain children under age 19 who have long term disabilities or complex medical needs to become eligible for Medical Assistance coverage. Katie Beckett eligibility enables children to be cared for at home instead of in an institution. With Katie Beckett, only the child’s income and resources, not the parents’, are used to determine eligibility.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for Medical Assistance coverage through Katie Beckett, a child must:
- be under age 19
- be a Rhode Island resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- meet the income and resource requirements
- meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability
- live at home
- require a level of care at home that is typically provided in a hospital,
nursing facility or an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICF-MR)
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to families.
How to Apply
Click here for a copy of the application packet: Katie Beckett Application Packet
If you need help completing the application packet, please contact our Parent Consultant or Social Caseworkers. See phone numbers below.
For More Information
- Katie Beckett FAQs
- Katie Beckett Fact Sheet
- Level of Care Criteria for Medical Assistance Eligibility
- For help with the application process, contact one of our Social Caseworkers at:
if the child's last name begins with A-K, call (401) 462-0760
if the child's last name begins with L-Z, call (401) 462-0754
- For information on redeterminations or for general information on Katie Beckett, contact our Parent Consultant at: (401) 462-0633
- For clinical questions, contact our Public Health Nurse at: (401) 462-0070
- For general information- DHS Info Line (401) 462-5300
- CEDARR's Home and Community Based Services
RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Center for Child and Family Health/ Katie Beckett
74 West Rd., Hazard Bldg.-Lower Level
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
Fax: (401) 462-6353