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Katie Beckett Medicaid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ending Q&As

These are questions and answers about how the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency affects Katie Beckett Medicaid.


The PHE ends on May 11, 2023.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will be ending the temporary policies put into place during the pandemic.

We aim to ensure participants and their families understand changes that will happen and when they’ll happen. DHS is working to keep you up-to-date about what to expect. 

We also aim to keep kids covered through Katie Beckett Medicaid to meet the child or youth’s needs and avoid gaps in coverage whenever possible.

At some point between June 2023 and May 2024, you will need to do an eligibility renewal to stay enrolled in Katie Beckett Medicaid. You will get a letter in the mail telling you when your renewal will be and what to expect for the renewal. You only need to do one renewal for Katie Beckett Medicaid per year.

Your renewal may include completing a functional screen (PDF) to determine if you have a qualifying level of care for Katie Beckett Medicaid. See the Children’s Programs Eligibility and Functional Screen, P-03061, for more information.

Make sure your contact information is correct. You can do this by emailing the Katie Beckett Central Office at, calling 888-786-3246, or faxing 608-226-5420.

Watch for messages from DHS and the Katie Beckett Central Office. Read messages from the state. Act by your deadline.


An eligibility renewal is a process to confirm you still meet eligibility rules. Read more at the Katie Beckett Eligibility webpage.

You will receive a letter in the mail that will tell you when your renewal will be and what to expect for the renewal. You only need to do one renewal per year.

Katie Beckett Medicaid provides coverage to eligible children and youth up to age 19. If you are or will be aged 19 and older by September 30, 2023, you will receive a letter in the mail with information and resources to help you prepare to transition to other sources of Medicaid and programs for adults. Follow the instructions in that letter to help avoid gaps in healthcare coverage.

If you did not meet a qualifying level of care with your most recent functional screen, you will have another functional screen after the PHE ends. This must happen at some point between June 1, 2023, and May 31, 2024. An eligibility specialist will reach out to you to schedule your next functional screen.

Last revised May 18, 2023