Rhode Island

Rhode Island currently has only one Medicaid program for children, which is a TEFRA program that waives parental income. Rhode Island recently replaced its Medicaid program with an 1115 demonstration program. Once children gain eligibility to Medicaid through the Katie Beckett TEFRA program or standard criteria, they may access other home and community based services through the 1115 demonstration program. See this page on general information for children with special needs in Rhode Island.

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Last updated 11/15/22

Programs in Rhode Island

  • Target Population: Children who would otherwise require care in an institution with any type of disability, including medical, developmental, intellectual, or psychiatric conditions.
  • Ages: 0-18
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the program is based on the child's income only. Parent income is not counted.
  • Waiver Type: TEFRA
  • Spots: unlimited
  • Expiration Date: NA
  • Description: Provides Medicaid coverage only.
  • Online State Information: Katie Beckett Program
  • How to Apply: For information, call a Parent Consultant at (401) 574-8474. Fill out the entire packet of information on the website.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Target Population: All adults and children; provides additional services for children with special needs.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only via access through TEFRA.
  • Waiver Type: 1115
  • Spots: unlimited
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2023
  • Description: Replacement program for Rhode Island's Medicaid program. Includes home and community based services as possible benefits, including but not limited to personal care services, home based therapeutic services, ABA, therapies, and respite.
  • Online State Information: Children with Special Needs
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Apply online at HealthSourceRI or through the Katie Beckett program.
  • Waiting List: none