Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Child Medical Grants Help Families in Need

Many families in New York face significant challenges when it comes to paying for child medical care costs. Not only are these families forced to make difficult financial decisions related to treatment for their sick child, but also what basic needs they can afford for the rest of their family.

 In response to this situation, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is offering child medical grants to help families pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their employer-sponsored health insurance plan.  To be eligible, the health plan does not have to be with UnitedHealthcare.

 UHCCF has already awarded over 13,000 grants to date valued at more than $35 million to children and their families across the United States, and aims to award its 20,000th grant by Jan. 1, 2020. But, to reach this goal we need to spread the word about our medical grant program so more families will apply and receive grants.  

In New York, the number of grant awards has been diminishing.  Last year we awarded 21 grants for a total of more than $48,000, down from 33 grant submissions in 2015 for a total of nearly $73,000.  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. There is no deadline to apply and families can review the full grant criteria and apply for grants online at www.uhccf.org  at any time.

I’m proud to say that the UnitedHealthcare’s commercial, Medicare and Medicaid teams here in New York did their part to contribute to the UHCCF.  In May we hosted a special “Night out with Our Heroes” fundraiser at Rock & Reilly’s Rooftop in New York City.  Nearly 300 "Heroes" joined me and Boomer Esiason, former NFL quarterback for the event that raised nearly $150,000.  On behalf of the UHCCF and the 13,000 families that have received a grant to date, I’d like to thank the small and large business owners, hospital and urgent care systems and UnitedHealthcare employees for their  attendance and donations.  Thanks to you, the “Night out with our Heroes” was a success! 
Boomer Esiason poses with UnitedHealthcare's New York Leadership; Chris Law, Bill Golden, Phillip Franz, Michael McGuire and Pat Celli during the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation fundraiser

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