Because no child should ever be turned away.
When a child is diagnosed with a chronic or life-altering condition — like leukemia, cystic fibrosis, 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 – if we did not have a fund open for a specific disease or condition, we had to say no to these children who are in desperate need of medications and lifesaving medical treatments.
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 families so their children can start or continue critical medical treatments, regardless of disease type or condition.
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. . . .
Now accepting applications by phone: 1-800-675-8416
We wish we could say “yes” to every family that comes to us, however, funding is limited so right now we are focusing on those in the direst of circumstances. 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, call 1-800-675-8416 anytime Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).
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.