Thursday, April 1, 2010

Money is available for children’s uncovered medical expenses… and no one is using it!

Money is available to help pay for kids medical expenses not covered by health insurance, but few families are using it! In fact in the entire state of Pennsylvania, not one family took advantage of this opportunity to get help paying for expensive medical equipment and therapy.

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) program seems too good to be true! Families in need can receive up to $5,000 to help cover an entire range of medical needs from speech therapy to wheelchairs that are not covered by their health insurance plan.

Last year, UHCCF awarded grants to more than 450 families across the country for treatments associated with medical conditions such as speech and developmental delays, hearing loss, autism, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, yet no one in Pennsylvania took advantage of this program!

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 financial assistance.” UHCCF is dedicated to facilitating greater access to medical-related services that can help improve children’s health and quality of life.

So if you know of anyone who might be eligible, give them the website address,, where parents and legal guardians can apply for grants online. And tell your physician friends about the UHCCF grants, because it’s likely one or more of their patients may qualify. 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.

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