This is a sponsored conversation, in collaboration with UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. All opinions are mine.
I’m no stranger to medical bills. Not only have I had my own health emergencies to deal with, but my children have had medical issues also. From stitches to surgery, my kids have spent ample time in the hospital. Aside from worrying about their health, once everything is said & done, you have the medical bills to deal with. As we all know, those charges can quickly add up-leaving you with an enormous bill. There is now help for families facing huge medical expenses.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF), is seeking grant applications from 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. (You do NOT need to be enrolled with UnitedHealthcare to qualify for this program, anyone with insurance may apply)
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. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org, and there is no application deadline.
In 2013, UHCCF awarded more than 1,700 medical grants, worth $5.6 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.
To help raise funds for its child medical grant program, UHCCF has published a new children’s book, “Oliver & Hope’s Adventure Under the Stars” – the second book in the Oliver & Hope series.
The new 32-page hand-illustrated book continues the story of Oliver, the lovable bear, and Hope, the spirited butterfly, as they join their friends Millie the barn owl and Chewie the English bulldog, for their first camping trip. The night is filled with amazing discoveries and silly games that make the shadows a little less scary and the adventure a lot more fun. The book follows last year’s award-winning book, “Oliver & Hope’s Amusing Adventure.”
Both “Oliver & Hope’s Adventure Under the Stars” and “Oliver & Hope’s Amusing Adventure” are available on Amazon.com for $13.95 each. The first 250 people who purchase an “Oliver & Hope’s Adventure Under the Stars” book will receive a Chewie the English bulldog plush toy, to be shipped separately.
Proceeds from UHCCF products, including the Oliver & Hope books, help fund UHCCF grants that help families pay for children’s medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by commercial insurance. Also, organizations and private donors can make tax-deductible donations to UHCCF at www.UHCCF.org. Donations are used for grants to help children and families in the region in which they are received.
Both books were written and illustrated by Meg Cadts and Samantha Fitch. (Meg Cadts is the pen name for the UHCCF team of writers and contributors.)
The Oliver and Hope characters also host their own page on the UHCCF website, Oliver & Hope’s Clubhouse (www.UHCCF.org/oliverandhope), which features FREE audiobook versions of the books, activities and games.
For more information on UHCCF and to visit the clubhouse, visit www.UHCCF.org.
Big “Thank You” to #UHCCF for this program and for helping so many parents defray the costs of their children’s medical bills. If YOU think you qualify for this program, please apply today, and share this post with other parents you know.