The TEFRA Medicaid State Plan Option and Katie Beckett Waiver for Children

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Date: 2012

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: Medicaid/CHIP

Making It Possible to Care for Children with Significant Disabilities at Home

The Catalyst Center’s State Data Chartbook offers a comprehensive array of data from a variety of different sources on the coverage and financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). One of the data indicators found in the Chartbook under the topic area “Factors Influencing Health Insurance Coverage” tells users whether or not a specific state offers Medicaid eligibility to children either under the TEFRA state plan option or under a Katie Beckett home and community-based services waiver. This article provides an introduction to the two options and how they came into existence.