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Health Care for Children with Chronic Illness and Disabilities / Special Needs

What is the easiest way for me to get health coverage for my child?

Call Partners for Health at 1-888-549-0820 and ask about the monthly income limits for Partners for Healthy Children (PHC).  If you do not believe your family meets the income limits for Partners for Healthy Children, ask for an application for TEFRA / "Katie Beckett."  If approved for TEFRA / "Katie Beckett" your child will be covered by the same health insurance package that is available to all Medicaid eligible children through other partners for Health programs such as Partners for Healthy Children, or as a benefit for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.

Should I apply for TEFRA / "Katie Beckett" for my child?

Income qualifications for TEFRA / "Katie Beckett"are based solely on the child's income, not the income of the parents.  However, a number of different factors are considered for approval of TEFRA / "Katie Beckett" coverage.

You should apply for TEFRA / "Katie Beckett" for your child only if you think the following are true:

  • Your child has a disability and is likely to meet the federal criteria for childhood disability (using Supplemental Security Income [SSI] rules).
  • Your child meets an institutional level of care.  Your child could require institutional care in an inpatient hospital, nursing home or an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded (ICF-MR).
  • Even though your child may qualify for institutional care, you are caring for your child at home and you can provide appropriate care.
  • Your child is age 18 or younger.
  • Your child's income and resources (not counting the parents' income and resources) as low.

My child has other health insurance.  Can we still apply for Partners for Health (Medicaid)?

Yes, you can still apply.  Partners for Health (Medicaid) may pay for some additional services that your primary insurance will not.  it is important for you to keep any health insurance you already have.  Partners for Health may be able to pay the insurance premium through the Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP).  For information about HIPP, please call the HIPP coordinator at 1-803-898-2970.

How can I apply for TEFRA / "Katie Beckett"?

Get an Application

Applications are available from the Resource Library, from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at 1-888-549-0820, or from Family Connection of South Carolina at 1-800-578-8750.

once you receive the application package you may need help filling out the forms and deciding which information to include.  You can call the TEFRA / "Katie Beckett" coordinator at 1-888-549-0820 for assistance.  Family Connection can also connect you with other parents who have completed this process and have TEFRA / "Katie Beckett" coverage for their children.

Family Connection of South Carolina is not part of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; it is a support network for families who have children with developmental delays, disabilities, or chronic illnesses.