| Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Financial Assistance for Children’s Medical Expenses

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

medical expensesDo you have a child or grandchild in your life that needs help with medical expenses?

While your child may now be grown, you may have a grandchild or other children in your life who need financial help with medical expenses. UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is here to help!

UHCCF provides grants to help families pay for children’s medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. More than 5,000 medical grants have been awarded since 2006. In 2012 alone, UHCCF awarded more than 1,300 grants, totaling 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.

We’re sharing the good news that parents, grandparents or legal guardians of children in need can help make it possible for qualified families to receive financial medical assistance by applying for a grant today.

Qualifying families may receive up to $5,000 per grant to help pay for a child’s medical services and equipment such as surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, counseling services, eyeglasses, hearing aids and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

To be eligible for a grant:

  • The child must be age 16 or younger and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan. (The child may not be covered by Medicare, Medicaid or other government assistance programs.)
  • The child and family must live in the United States.
  • The family must meet economic guidelines (see table).

 

Family Size

Adjusted Gross Income*

2

$50,000 or less

3

$75,000 or less

4

$100,000 or less

5 or more

$125,000 or less

*Income and other eligibility requirements may change. Visit www.uhccf.org for up-to-date information.

 

Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application and for ongoing and future medical needs.

“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 Matt Peterson, president of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. “Eligible families are encouraged to apply online for a medical grant today and take advantage of this valuable resource.”

Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants. There is no application deadline.

For more information about Medicare, contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.] [If you have questions about Medicare Made Clear, call 1-877-619-5582, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.]

Resources

Children’s Medical Grant Brochure: Download a brochure explaining the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation grant program and application process.

MedicareMadeClear.com: Learn about Medicare, initial enrollment and changing plans.

Medicare.gov: Visit the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

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