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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

What an incredible blessing this is! Thanks for the information.

sally
Kearns, UT

Thanks for the info. Most people I know go to their church if family doesn't have the ability to help out.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I'm pleased for this child and her mom, a client of United HealthCare. I would be even more pleased if the CEO of United HealthCare, Mr. Stephen Hemsley, would voluntarily cut back on his $106 million annual salary and offer a little more help to his clients.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

But, in the end, medical care is not free. Someone pays for it. Otherwise doctors go unpaid, there is no electricity or water in hospitals or clinics, no medicine in the pharmacy. If hospitals do a lot of "charity work" then the costs get passed on to paying patients, or no docs, no lights, no meds for anyone. If "government pays" then taxpayers are forced to pay for other people's treatment indirectly, while feeding the vast bureaucracy.

How can anyone criticize United HealthCare CEO Hemsley when they do not know what sort of charitable giving he does? Sounds more like class warfare envy than a valid criticism. Meanwhile, perhaps people in Bountiful should give more if they make more than minimum wage, after all they are rich compared to some people.

Maybe Mr. Helmsley should be praised for running a company well, and encouraging their foundation to help others. Plus, if he can keep operating costs down, that not only provides a better return for United shareholders (for whom he works) but keeps medical costs for patients low as well.

Perhaps if plaintiff lawyers were more charitable the medical costs would drop for everyone...

Brent S
Sandy, UT

We received generous grants from Unitedhealthcare Childrens foundation in 2014 to help pay medical bills for our sons' surgeries. Even though we have pretty good insurance, the strain of surgeries year after year took a heavy toll and the UHCCF grants were like a ray of hope. I highly recommend applying if you qualify.

UHCCF was referred to us by a social worker, pointing out that they award grants to people who might not qualify for other poverty-based grants.

IMPORTANT: You have to apply within 60 days of the date of service of the medical claim, so do it on time.

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