Children's medical grants now available

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation helps families pay for medical expenses

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ATLANTA—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 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, and 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.

“UHCCF is dedicated to improving a child’s health and quality of life by making it easier to access needed medical-related services,” said Rick Elliott, CEO o UnitedHealthcare of Georgia. “The grants enable families to focus on their children’s health instead of worrying about how they’ll pay their medical bills.”

In 2012, UHCCF awarded about 1,300 grants worth about $4.1 million to families across the United States.

Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to UHCCF at www.uhccf.org.

This was published in the July 17 issue of the Milton Herald.