Co-Chair of the Parent Advisory Group with the Section on Home Care under the American Academy of Pediatrics, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Julianne (Julie) Beckett is the mother of Katie Beckett, who was the first recipient of a Medicaid home- and community-based waiver. The waiver was granted in 1981 and has become a vehicle for many individuals with disabilities to receive care at home or in their communities. Katie passed away May 18, 2012 but Ms. Beckett’s advocacy has continued. She has testified numerous times before Congress and worked on many projects in an advisory capacity for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Beckett helped found Family Voices, an organization dedicated to serving children and youth with special health care needs, and served as its policy coordinator for 10 years. Julie has written several publications including “Health Care Financing: A Guide for Families”.