United Healthcare Children’s Foundation to Offer Medical Assistance Grants

Released: 4/3/2008

To apply visit: www.uhccf.org

Parents and caretakers across the country will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for healthcare services that will help improve their children’s health and quality of life. Examples of the types of medical services covered by UHCCF grants include speech therapy, physical therapy, and psychotherapy sessions; medical equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, and eyeglasses; and orthodontia and dental treatments

Any child 16 years old or younger living in any United Healthcare region of the United States (all 50 states) and in need of financial assistance for healthcare services will be considered eligible for a grant. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the U.S., and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan.

Highlighted criteria for applying: The income max is based on “per individual” in the household, family Adjusted Gross can’t exceed $80,000. Visit their website at www.uhccf.org and learn more about it. They also have a great “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

Criteria (modified from their website www.uhccf.org/criteria)

  • Any child, 16 years old or younger
  • The applicant must be covered by a commercial health insurance policy and limits for the requested service are either exceeded, or no coverage is available and/or the copayments are a serious financial burden on the family.
  • Consideration will be given, but not be limited to, criteria such as the potential of the intervention to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life for the child, the financial status of the family and the severity of the child’s illness.
  • Financial need of the child’s family should be documented through information provided on the application and by submission of a copy of the most recently filed tax return.

Generally, awards will be granted to individuals in families whose adjusted gross income per individual does not exceed $20,000. If you have 4 people in your family, AGI cap would be $80,000. Other financial resources to meet the health care need are not available.

The amount awarded to an individual within a 12-month period is limited to either $5,000 or 85% of the fund balance, whichever amount is less. Awards to any one individual are limited to a lifetime maximum of $7,500. An application must be submitted prior to the child’s 17th birthday.

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