Grants Available For Children's Medical Expenses

April 22, 2010

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered by their commercial health insurance plans.


Qualifying families could receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical and occupational therapy, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. Grants are also provided in cases where insurance may cover only a portion of the expenses.


“The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is dedicated to facilitating greater access to medical-related services that can help improve children’s health and quality of life,” said UHCCF President Matt Peterson. “We recognize some families experience gaps in coverage for certain medical treatments and equipment, and we are committed to helping fill this void. Since expanding our grant program nationwide in 2007, we have provided more than 1,500 grants to families in need of financial assistance.”


Last year, UHCCF awarded grants to more than 450 families for treatments associated with medical conditions such as speech and developmental delays, hearing loss, autism, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.


"I'll never forget the day the grant acceptance letter arrived,” said Jessica Melville, whose daughter required therapy as a result of Down syndrome. “We are very thankful to the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation for the grant. It is a huge relief to know that my daughter is getting the therapy she needs, and the bills are not overshadowing it all."


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 have a commercial health insurance plan. Parents and legal guardians may apply for grants online at


The Web site includes additional grant application criteria, video clips, stories about recently helped children, and a new “live chat” feature that enables visitors to speak directly with a UHCCF representative. Visitors can also make tax-deductible donations directly online.


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


This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.

Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Brookfield panel recommends approval of public assistance for Milwaukee Tool expansion 11/24

» Brookfield Central's Kennedy proud of football team's effort in winning conference title 11/24

» Fairview South's annual Silent Auction and Craft Fair to raise funds for school iPads 11/24

» City of Brookfield to discuss potential financial aid for Milwaukee Tool expansion 11/24

» Sport Shorts: Nov. 26, 2015 11/24

» Oak Creek girls basketball team pulls away from Brookfield Central in second half 11/24

» Sports Notes: Nov. 26, 2015 11/24

» Brookfield East's Matt Szews named Volleyball Player of the Year, first-team all-state 11/24

» Brookfield Academy: Nov. 26, 2015 11/24

» Elm Grove library friends group kicks off holiday season with Lights of Love and tree lighting event 11/23

» Elm Grove board approves small levy increase 11/23

» School Notes: Nov. 26 11/23

» Brookfield Square to open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening, 6 a.m. for Black Friday 11/23

» New Brookfield classes combine fitness for moms with their kids in strollers 11/23

» Elm Grove to vote on 2016 budget tonight 11/23

» Brookfield East girls basketball team starts out 2-0 11/23

» Brookfield East soccer team names three senior captains as MVPS 11/23

» BEAST Robotics team asks for volunteers, mentors to help build robot next year 11/23

» Brookfield East girls swimming team looks back on excellent season 11/23

» Coach Nash pleased with improvement on Brookfield Central boys volleyball team 11/23

» Brookfield Central boys basketball team looks to improve 11/23

» Oak Creek pulls away late to beat Brookfield Central, 59-46 11/21

» Man on federal supervised release a suspect in Brookfield shooting Updated:  11/19

» American Legion Post 449 presents award to Elm Grove Police Dept. 11/19

» Charges detail violent incidents leading to 3-year-old's abduction 11/19

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss



2015 Writing Contest


(Click image for details)

Local Business Directory