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Katie Beckett funeral in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Family and friends remembered a Cedar Rapids woman Friday whose childhood medical struggles changed children's health care across the country.  

Katie Beckett, 34, died last week. She spent the first three years of her life at St. Luke's Hospital after encephalitis infected her brain. Beckett was covered by Medicaid after her parent's insurance ran out, but they would not pay for home care.

President Ronald Reagan took up the fight, leading to the Katie Beckett waiver, which pays for home care for disabled children who would otherwise be in a hospital or institution.

 

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