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Katie Beckett Medicaid: How to Apply

Katie Beckett Medicaid is a special eligibility pathway for children under 19 who have certain health care needs and live at home. Katie Beckett provides Medicaid health care coverage for children who qualify.

Steps to apply

Call 888-786-3246 to apply. You will speak to an eligibility specialist who can explain more about Katie Beckett Medicaid and help you apply. Needed documentation can be emailed to or faxed to 608-226-5420.

First step

An eligibility specialist will send you an application packet and set up a meeting with you to:

This is the first part of the two-step eligibility process.

Second step

Next, a clinical team within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will review medical information to determine if the child meets the necessary eligibility criteria under the Social Security Act.

If the clinical team determines the child meets these eligibility standards, the child is approved for Katie Beckett Medicaid.

Once you’re enrolled

If you enroll in Katie Beckett Medicaid, your eligibility will be reviewed each year. We’ll also review your child’s eligibility if there is a significant change to your child’s condition.

Call ForwardHealth Member Services at 800-362-3002 to report:

  • Problems getting a ForwardHealth Medicaid card.
  • Changes to your child’s insurance.

Call the Katie Beckett Central Office at 888-786-3246 to report:

  • Changes to your child’s address.
  • Changes to your child’s medical condition.
  • If your child is no longer living at home.
Last revised May 18, 2023