The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has a grant application program that offers grants to families in need of financial assistance due to a child’s medical needs not being covered or not being fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan. Oh, how I wish I had known about this program a few years ago.
My son was born premature. He was colicky and a very finicky eater. Though he wasn’t a super tiny baby, at 18 months he was still not on the height and weight chart for his age. That set off a series of testing, and we later determined that he had a rare disease called Eosinophilic Esophagitis and multiple food allergies. By nine years old he had well over 30 endoscopies and was on about eight different medications. Even with insurance, our medical bills had accumulated to the point where we were on a monthly payment plan with the Children’s hospital. Then we discovered a holistic practitioner whom we saw for two and a half years – none of which was covered by our insurance. Though it was worth the money and effort, as today he is free from disease, allergies and off almost all his medications, it has taken a serious financial toll on us. Today he remains on one medication for an unrelated issue, and even with excellent medical insurance, our monthly cost of that one medication is more than our utility bills.
You can probably imagine how helpful a grant would have been to a family like mine. Unfortunately, we are far from alone. There are many, many families around the country with children who are suffering from medical issues, and whose medical insurance does not cover their bills.
Financial Help for Families of Children with Medical Needs
That’s why I’m working with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation to help children and families in need. In fact, about 89% of qualified, completed grant submissions are approved. If you have a child with a medical condition and could use financial help from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, click here to start the application process. If you know of a family who could benefit from the grant, please pass this information along! We’re hoping to spread the word to as many families as possible.
You can find the criteria for applying on the UHCCF website. There are also a few exclusions that you should know about before you begin, which can be found here. Lastly, before you hit that “send” button, you may wish to look at the checklist for the grant application. You can even read about some of the children who have already received grants on their website.
If you are someone who simply wants to pay it forward to a child or family in need, grant funding and donations are appreciated as well. With help from generous donors, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has already awarded over 13,000 grants and hopes to award its 20,000th medical grant by the year 2020.
Any financial help can provide a family with an enormous sense of relief. When a grant is approved, it helps to pay for heath services, treatments and therapies not covered by health insurance. The grant families work directly with the foundation by submitting invoices of what remains after their commercial health insurance plan submits initial payment (if any).
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.
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