Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Grants Available for Families Struggling with Child Health-Related Expenses

* UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation accepting applicants for 2008 grant program
* Families can apply for assistance grants online at

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) announced that new grants are available to help children who need critical health care treatment, services or equipment not covered or not fully covered by their parents' health benefit plans.

UHCCF provides grants to families to help pay for child health care services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy sessions, prescriptions, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, orthotics and eyeglasses.

Parents and legal guardians may apply for grants of up to $5,000 for child medical services and equipment by completing an online application at Tax-deductible donations can also be made online.

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 be covered by a commercial health benefit plan.

"We are taking action to improve access to health care in America and are dedicated to helping more children and families this year and beyond," said Matt Peterson, UHCCF president. "We encourage families who need assistance paying for their child's medical needs to visit the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Web site and apply today."

"My son Bryson was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect, which would require open heart surgery," said Jane Baker. "With the stress of knowing that our precious son was going to need major surgery, along came the worry of medical bills. Our caseworker told us about the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation. We were given a generous grant to help with our medical expenses. What a blessing UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation has been for us. I am so thankful that there are people out there willing to help and give in times of need."

The foundation aims to help more children by increasing awareness of the foundation through fund-raising events, partnerships, newspaper and Web advertising, and a revamped multimedia Web site,

About UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enhance either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have health care needs not fully covered by commercial health insurance. The Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated with medical services and equipment. Foundation funding is provided by contributions from employees of UnitedHealth Group as well as individuals and corporations. While UHCCF receives contributions from UnitedHealth Group and its employees, individual and corporate donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated. To donate or learn more, please visit

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