When a child is diagnosed with a chronic or life-altering condition — like leukemia or juvenile diabetes — their families not only face anguish and fear but many also struggle to pay their share of the medical bills. For working families with inadequate insurance, treating childhood illnesses may mean hundreds or thousands of dollars a month in out-of-pocket costs. Families can be left to choose between starting or continuing their child’s treatment or paying the mortgage, or can sink quickly into bankruptcy.
Families called us for help but, without funding for these specific conditions, we were not able to assist in a traditional HealthWell way.
In response to growing demand from families in need, we opened the HealthWell Pediatric Assistance Fund® to assist children 18 years old or younger living with a chronic or life-altering condition that their families are struggling to treat due to cost. Through this fund, we provide financial assistance to eligible families so their children can start or continue critical medical treatments. Unfortunately, we are not able to award grants through the Pediatric Assistance Fund for indications that are listed on our Diseases and Medications page.
Meet Anna, a brave little girl who was born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome (a rare disorder affecting the brain which can cause seizures and stroke-like episodes).Through a grant from the Pediatric Assistance Fund, HealthWell was able to assist Anna’s family with the financial burden of a life-changing surgery. “We spent the next few weeks as new parents trying to understand our beautiful little girl and the rare disease she had. It was terrifying to see her little body so out of control.” Read more
How to Apply
We wish we could say “yes” to every family that comes to us, however, funding is limited. Families must meet HealthWell’s standard income and insurance eligibility criteria to qualify for a grant. Grants are awarded on a case by case basis through the Pediatric Assistance Fund. To apply for a grant, please call 1-800-675-8416 anytime Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET). Online applications are not available for this fund.
HealthWell cannot reimburse parents/guardians or patients through this fund. Reimbursements for eligible requests are made to providers and facilities only.
IMPORTANT: The process for this fund does NOT include immediate grant approval. Grant applications are reviewed by committee on a bi-monthly basis. If you appear to be eligible for assistance through the Pediatric Assistance Fund, additional information and documentation is required for review and consideration prior to grant approval. Once all information has been received and reviewed by the committee, grant determinations will be made. If your application has been accepted, you will receive a grant approval letter indicating that you have been awarded a grant, the amount of the grant, and the grant start date. Please be aware that repeated inquiries through the call center will not expedite review of your application and may result in disqualification of your grant request. Thank you in advance for your patience as we consider the many requests we receive every day.
The HealthWell Pediatric Assistance Fund is funded by generous individuals, many of whom have been touched by the work we do. Your financial support is CRITICAL in helping us assist more children in need. Your tax-deductible gift will enable a child to access the lifesaving treatment they desperately need. Please consider giving today.
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