Along with being a mom of three, I am a physical therapist so unfortunately I have first hand knowledge of the staggering medical costs that are accrued when a child is in need. Whether it is cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD or cerebral palsy medical bills add up so very rapidly.
Children’s medical grants are now available from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. 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. Grants help families pay for children’s medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan.
Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant 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.
- Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline.
Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to UHCCF at www.uhccf.org. Donations are used for grants to help children and families in the region in which they are received.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is dedicated to improving a child’s health and quality of life by making it easier to access needed medical-related services. The grants enable families to focus on their children’s health instead of worrying about how they’ll pay their medical bills,” said Matt Peterson, president of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. “Eligible families are encouraged to apply online for a medical grant today and take advantage of this valuable resource.”
In 2012, UHCCF awarded more than 1,300 grants, worth more than $4.1 million, to 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. As successful fund-raising efforts continue to grow, UHCCF is hoping to help more children and families in 2013.