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The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from Illinois 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 with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for medical services and equipment 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. 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. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.
Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org, and there is no application deadline.
Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 10,000 grants valued at more than $29 million to children and their 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.
In Illinois, UHCCF awarded more than 200 grants since 2011 and is hoping many more local families apply this year.
“As a parent I realize that a child’s medical costs can be financially and emotionally difficult for families. The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is offering medical grants to help families in Illinois access and pay for care that will improve their child’s health,” said Colleen Van Ham, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Illinois and Northwest Indiana. “The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation recently awarded its 10,000th child medical grant and is seeking to help thousands more children and families in need. We encourage everyone to spread the word to friends, family members and colleagues that child medical grants are available from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.” For more information about UHCCF, visit www.UHCCF.org.