UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation grants 10,000th Medical Grant

L to R, Laura Young and Patricia Serio share a laugh with patient Jesus Villanueva, 15.
Laura Young, left, and Patricia Serio, right, share a laugh with patient Jesus Villanueva, 15.

Learning that your child has a chronic disease can be a devastating and life-changing event for any parent. Fortunately, for thousands of families, UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) has helped provide some peace of mind, at least financially.

This month, UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation delivered its 10,000th child medical grant. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded grants valued at more than $28 million to children and their families across the United States to help pay for medical expenses not covered, or fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

In Texas, UHCCF has awarded more than $18 million to nearly 550 families since 2011. In fact, Texas families have received more grants than nearly any other state.

The 10,000th grant in the United States was received by the Tattersall family in Jacksonville, Florida, who used the funds to pay for updated hearing aids for their 5-year-old twin boys. Cole and Jake have worn hearing aids since shortly after their first birthdays, and according to their mom, these new devices are allowing them to hear and respond to things that they couldn’t previously.

Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible for a medical grant. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees.

Left, patient Jessica Smith shares a laugh with Mary McElrath-Jones who his sharing jokes from “Little Book, Big Laughs” joke book with her.
Patient Jessica Smith, left, laughs with UHC representative Mary McElrath-Jones who is reading jokes from “Little Book, Big Laughs” joke book.

To help raise awareness of the grant program and to celebrate this milestone, UnitedHealthcare employees are delivering 10,000 children’s joke books to youth-based community organizations and children’s health centers in 25 cities across the country, including San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.

To apply for a grant, donate or learn more, visit www.UHCCF.org. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no application deadline.