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UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Awards 20,000th Grant, Reaching Important Milestone in Mission to Help Families Gain Greater Access to Care

  • Since 2007, UHCCF has provided $48 million in medical grants to pay for children’s medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan
  • Foundation sets next goal of awarding its 50,000th grant in 2030

MINNETONKA, Minn. (July 31, 2019) – UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) has awarded its 20,000th grant, reaching an important milestone in its mission to help families gain greater access to care. 

The announcement was made at the 10th Annual UHCCF Golf Classic at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minnesota, where more than 400 golfers, UnitedHealthcare employees, sponsors, guests and volunteers raised funds for the Foundation. This event is the largest single-day fundraiser for the Foundation, and this year raised a record-breaking $1.8 million to help fund additional medical grants for kids across the country. 

During the event, the 20,000th grant recipient, first-grader Allie from Houma, Louisiana, and her family were on hand to share their story of how UHCCF helped them obtain the necessary treatment and supplies to help Allie grow and thrive. The $2,500 grant helped purchase a walkaide that will enable Allie to walk without an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO), which she has worn since she was 1 year old.

“Allie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, but that has not slowed her down one bit. She is a social butterfly, always moving and investigating one thing after the next,” said Allie’s mother, Sandy. “This new walkaide will change her life, giving her the independence and support she needs to spread her wings and keep moving. We are grateful for the support of UHCCF for helping make this happen.”

Since 2007, UHCCF has provided more than $48 million in medical grants to pay for children’s medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. 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.

“The commitment and work of UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has made a positive difference in the lives of so many children,” said UHCCF President Matt Peterson. “A medical grant like the one Allie’s family received can be life-changing, enabling families to focus on their children’s well-being instead of worrying about how they will pay for necessary medical needs. We are grateful for the generosity of our employees, donors, sponsors and volunteers for supporting our mission and helping children live healthier lives.”

UHCCF has set a goal to award its 50,000th medical grant in 2030, underscoring its reach and commitment to help children and their families across the United States.

UHCCF grants help pay for a variety of medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapies, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, cranial helmets, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. 

To be eligible for a grant, a child 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. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

Applications and more information about the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation can be found at www.uhccf.org.

About UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan. 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. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 20,000 grants valued at over $48 million to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations, UnitedHealth Group, and its employees. Visit uhccf.org for more information.