Grants available for children’s health care

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 are eligible to submit a grant application for assistance.

Through the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant 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, an announcement said.

To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years old 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 There is no deadline.

The nonprofit charity in 2012 awarded more than 1,300 grants, worth more than $4.1 million, to families across the United States, including $12,000 in Hawaii.

Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at