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The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant
applications from families in need of financial assistance to pay for
their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered
by their commercial health insurance plans.
Qualifying families could receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical
services and equipment such as physical and occupational therapy,
prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
Grants are also provided in cases where insurance may cover only a
portion of the expenses.
“The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is dedicated to facilitating
greater access to medical-related services that can help improve
children’s health and quality of life,” said UHCCF President Matt
Peterson. “We recognize some families experience gaps in coverage for
certain medical treatments and equipment, and we are committed to
helping fill this void. Since expanding our grant program nationwide in
2007, we have provided more than 1,500 grants to families in need of
Last year, UHCCF awarded grants to more than 450 families for treatments
associated with medical conditions such as speech and developmental
delays, hearing loss, autism, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome
and cerebral palsy.
"I'll never forget the day the grant acceptance letter arrived,” said
Jessica Melville, whose daughter required therapy as a result of Down
syndrome. “We are very thankful to the UnitedHealthcare Children’s
Foundation for the grant. It is a huge relief to know that my daughter
is getting the therapy she needs, and the bills are not overshadowing it
To be eligible for grants, 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. Parents and legal guardians may
apply for grants online at www.uhccf.org.
The Web site includes additional grant application criteria, video
clips, stories about recently helped children, and a new “live chat”
feature that enables visitors to speak directly with a UHCCF
representative. Visitors can also make tax-deductible donations directly
About UnitedHealthcare Children’s
FoundationThe UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
(UHCCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that strives to enhance
either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have
health care needs not fully covered by their commercial health benefit
plan. UHCCF provides medical grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated
with medical services and equipment. UHCCF’s funding is provided by
contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group
employees. Donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated.
To donate or learn more, please visit www.uhccf.org.