Meridian Star

June 13, 2013

UHCCF grants available to help pay children's medical expenses

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     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 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 Glen Golemi, CEO for United Healthcare Gulf States Region. “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, according to a press release.

    "As successful fund-raising efforts continue to grow, UHCCF is hoping to help more children and families in 2013," the press release states.