Children's health program helps fill insurance gaps

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Even with insurance, caring for a child with medical needs can be costly, but we've learned about a program that can help fill in the gaps.

Officials with UnitedHealthcare told News 5, potentially hundreds of qualified parents in our region are unaware they can apply for grants from their Children's Foundation to help cover a child's medical costs up to $5,000 a year, with a lifetime maximum of $10,000.

Parents covered with any commercial insurance with a child up to 16 years old who faces a health-related challenge could qualify. "We find often with therapies, [they] may note be covered [in a parent's commercial insurance plan], there may be different assistance like hearing devices, some surgeries that may not be covered, and so we have found that having this as a resource has been extremely helpful to these families," said Betsy Wood, the Tennessee Foundation Coordinator for UnitedHealthcare.

For more information on qualification and to apply, click on the link below.

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