Eligibility
  • Have applied for Katie Beckett and recieved a level of care denial 
  • Children up to the age of 18
  • Live at home
  • Have a physical, cognitive, developmental or medical disability

Current Medicaid recipients are not eligible for this program

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Services
  • Respite Care
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Medical services and therapies
  • Dental and optical services
  • Travel reimbursements for medical appointments
  • Recreational or therapeutic activities
  • Other services related to the child’s disability not covered by other payment sources
  • Referrals to Parent to Parent of Georgia and other resources
Payment provided only for services received after enrollment date

 



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History/Background

Until 2006, most Georgia families caring for their children with disabilities at home could qualify for the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid Program; this is a program that is open to children regardless of their parents’ income. It offered the financial support for middle-income families to provide the care and services that their children needed and hold their lives together. However, when the eligibility guidelines were changed, 1,681 children throughout the state who had previously qualified lost their coverage.

A rug had been pulled out from under these families.  One parent wrote, “When [our son] lost his Katie Beckett waiver medical coverage due to their changes in the rules, we were scared silly. All of the money we desperately needed for his supports was suddenly gone.”

Fortunately, the Georgia Legislature set aside funding to assist medically fragile and special needs children and their families, including but not only those impacted by the changes in eligibility for the Katie Beckett Waiver Program. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta oversaw the development of a plan for administering and distributing these dollars, and through the process the Easter Seals Georgia Coalition formed (comprised of five Easter Seals affiliates and Parent to Parent of Georgia) and remains the service provider of the Champions for Children program. Easter Seals Southern Georgia, headquartered in Albany, is the fiscal agent.

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Easter Seals Georgia Coalition

Easter Seals North Georgia
53 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30346
404-943-1070 Ext.127 fax: 404-943-0890
NorthGeorgia.EasterSeals.com

Easter Seals East Georgia
1500 Wrightsboro Road
P.O. Box 2441
Augusta, GA 30903
706-667-9695 fax: 706-667-8831
EasterSealsEastGeorgia.org

Easter Seals Middle Georgia
604 Kellam Road
P.O. Box 847
Dublin, GA 31040
478-275-8850 fax: 478-275-8852
MiddleGeorgia.EasterSeals.com

Easter Seals West Georgia
2515 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA 31909
706-660-1144 fax: 706-660-1146
WestGeorgia.Easterseals.com

Easter Seals Southern Georgia
1906 Palmyra Road
Albany, GA 31701
229-439-7061 fax:229-435-6278
SouthernGeorgia.EasterSeals.com

Parent to Parent of Georgia
3805 Presidential Parkway, Suite 207
Atlanta, GA 30340
800-229-2038 fax: 770-458-4091
ParenttoParentofGA.org

 

 

Need Help?

Contact a Champions Coordinator at:

1-866-584-3742

info@swga-easterseals.org

fax: 229-435-6278