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As a mom of several children with special needs including Neurofibromatosis Type 1, congenital heart defects, scoliosis, and Down Syndrome, I know that one of the most stressful aspects of parenting my children has been making sure that their medical needs were covered.
In many families like ours, at least one parent has to leave the workforce to be able to take their child to appointments and therapies, school meetings, as well as provide after school care. The financial pressures are overwhelming, to say the least. And itt’s incredibly frustrating when you do have employer coverage but still have to fight to get things covered that will improve the quality of life for you child.
There’s no easy solution that fits everybody, but I wanted to tell my readers about the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). If you have commercial insurance coverage but your family is still in need of financial assistance with ongoing medical costs, you’re encouraged to apply for a grant. You can read about application criteria here.
Families who qualify can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to pay for expenses such as health care visits, services or equipment that are only partially covered, or not covered at all, by their employer’s insurance plan. UHCCF aims to award 20,000 grants by the year 2020. They have already awarded over 13,000.And the good news is that 88.9% of qualified, completed medical grant applications are approved.
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has helped children such as Rylee, who was diagnosed with early onset progressive scoliosis. The UHCCF grant assisted with surgery, casts and braces. As a result, she’s now able to participate in life playing with other children and is even taking ballet lessons.
Whitney is another child who received help from UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. She was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy and encephalopathy. Her grants have assisted with the expense of feeding supplies, Botox treatments, speech therapy and medications as well as a gait trainer. As a result, her overall health is greatly improved.
Families can use UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation grants for medical treatments for developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome and autism and medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, hearing loss, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and more. Families have used the grants to help pay for physical occupational and speech therapy, hearing aids, surgeries, prescriptions, orthotics and eyeglasses.
One requirement of the grant is that the family has a commercial health benefit plan. If a grant is approved for a child, the Foundation will pay for approved services and items after the family’s commercial health insurance submits payment, if any. In order to pay for approved services/items after insurance, the Foundation requires very clear and detailed invoices/bills. They will require your tax identification number, contact information, dates of service, description of the service, cost, what insurance paid (if any) and the total amount due. In the event that your child must pay at time of service (e.g. co-pay), please provide a receipt, plus a detailed invoice/bill referenced above.
Do you know a family in need who could use the help of a medical grant? Visit UHCCF to receive announcements and information to help get the word out on social media.
Become a Donor
UHCCF welcomes donations from interested donors. Your tax-deductible donation will directly fund medical grants that help children access new or continued medical treatment. Even a modest gesture can help create a major impact for a child in need. Learn how you can donate here
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