Katie Beckett Amendment Comments for CMS

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The TennCare Bureau has submitted a final version of Amendment 40 to design the Katie Beckett Program to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). After recieving this document, CMS published it to their website and opened a 30 day public comment period. The federal public comment period is just as important as the prior public comment period that TennCare held about the draft version of the amendment. CMS needs to hear from Tennesseans about the impact that a Katie Beckett Program will have for our state and our children with long-term disabilities or complex medical needs. Comments that are especially important to CMS relate to overall program design, for example, rather than comments about the process that Tennessee will use to enroll kids.

Comments can be submitted to CMS until November 1st, 2019 at the following website:

To help you develop your own comments to CMS, download our tool:

Download the tool here


Here is a helpful overview of the next steps for Katie Beckett Program implementation in 2019-2020:

Download the next steps document here

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