The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child's health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.
Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.
Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org, and there is no application deadline.
"When our daughter Penelope was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech at the age of 3 we were discouraged to find out how expensive speech therapy cost, so imagine our relief when we were approved for a UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation grant that enabled us to get all the help she needed," said parents Caroline and Robert Belliveau of Revere, Mass. "Penelope has shown immense progress since then, and now at the age of 5 is able to hold complete conversations with her peers. We are eternally grateful for the opportunities this grant has provided us."
Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 10,000 grants valued at more than $29 million to children and their families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.
"Many families across the United States are facing a variety of financial challenges, including child-related medical costs. The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation medical grants will help families access and pay for care that will improve their child's health," said UHCCF President Matt Peterson. "We recently awarded our 10,000th child medical grant and are seeking to help thousands of more families. We encourage everyone to spread the word to friends, family members and colleagues that child medical grants are available from the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation."
For more information about UHCCF, visit www.UHCCF.org.
About UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their parents' commercial health insurance plan. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible. UHCCF was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 10,000 grants valued at more than $29 million to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF's funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. To apply for a grant, donate or learn more, please visit www.UHCCF.org .