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     Potential Funding Sources for Families

The following presents grants available for speech therapy.  We have a current patient who received thousands of dollars in grants for speech and occupational therapy by utilizing some of these available resources.  Interested parties should go to the respective websites and view the qualification requirements and application procedures. In one case, Language Essentials would have to submit the application for the family.   There is also a list of potential funding sources presented on the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) website           (

        a.  The amount of the grant is determined on a case by case basis. United Healthcare Children's Foundation gives grants in varying amounts up to $5,000 per child each     year. Parents can apply for speech therapy grants each year. There is a lifetime limit of $7,500 per child.

        b.  Children 16 and under can qualify for a grant. According to the United Healthcare Children's Foundation's website the "applicant must be covered by a commercial          health benefit plan." The costs of the services needed must not be covered by that health plan or the co-pay must be shown to be a financial hardship to the family.                         Other restrictions are that the speech services be deemed necessary and beneficial to the child and that the child be seen by a professional speech therapist.

        c.  Applications are available at the UHCF's website. After viewing a short video about United Healthcare Children's Foundation's grant criteria and process the UHCF   website takes the viewer to a list of questions that prescreens potential applicants.   Parents that meet the criteria for applying for a grant will then be sent to their online                  application. Information that will be asked for in the application includes the child's medical diagnosis and recommended treatment, personal financial documents, and    health care coverage information for the speech therapy.

       d.  Any grant money award will go directly to the speech therapist for services. If the family would like reimbursement for services that have already been paid for they can submit receipts for those services.

      a.  An applicant may only apply for a grant once a calendar year unless they can provide proof that the need (financial, medical, developmental, etc) has changed.

      b.  Applications are reviewed and distributed on a quarterly basis by the board of directors. Application deadlines are as follows: December 20th, March 20th, June    20th, and September 20th. If additional information is needed to complete the application, it could delay the application review by the Board.

      c.  When appropriate, awarded grants are sent to third party professional service providers after completion of a contract for services on behalf of the child/organization.

      d.  No more than four grants per individual therapy provider will be dispersed within one calendar year.

      e.  Grants are awarded to individuals from birth up to the age of 22 years. The services/treatments requested cannot be received before the grant is awarded. The application must request a specific need in regards to a communication    delay/disorder.

      a. The mission of the Avery-Fuller-Welch Children’s Foundation is to provide grant funding for early intervention and professional guidance to children with physical,                 behavioral, emotional, and learning challenges.

     b.  All applications must be submitted by the service provider on behalf of a single child and all grants are paid directly to said provider.  

     c.  Grants are limited to services provided to residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. 

     d.  Applications submitted directly by a child's parents or caregivers are not accepted.

     e.  Requires evidence of a strong motivation in the child, the therapist, and the family.   Must show favorable prognosis for achieving independent functioning or significant       progress towards the goals set forth within the date parameters of the grant period. 

     f.   Family must show inability to pay or obtain full support elsewhere.

Talk To Your Employer About Adding Speech-Language Therapy Coverage

While many health insurance plans and managed care organizations recognize the importance of hearing and speech-language services, your current health plan may not offer comprehensive benefits. Here is a "checklist" that will assist you in approaching your employer to obtain or improve coverage.
Review Your Employee Health Plan Benefits
 ■If speech, language and hearing services are already covered, could they be better?

 ■Use the brochure, Making Sense of your Health Insurance Plan [PDF], to help your evaluation.
View the "Employer Insurance Packet"
 ■Review the items that are available to assist with your advocacy efforts, including incidence and prevalence statistics, treatment efficacy summaries, model benefits, and informational brochures.

 ■Download and use this information when making an appointment and when meeting with your employer's representative.
Identify the Person You Should Talk to
 ■Identify the person at your workplace who makes decisions about employee health benefits. It might be the human resources director, benefits specialist, union representative, or company president.
Schedule a Meeting
 ■Set up a meeting to introduce yourself and open a discussion about your concerns regarding speech-language and hearing coverage. Focus on one or two issues that are top priority for you.

 ■Invite co-workers who share interest in this coverage to attend the meeting with you. Select a spokesperson and prepare some notes to help you "stay on message." Limit the number of employees at the meeting to four. You may have only 10 to 20 minutes for the entire meeting.
■Bring the information from the Employer Insurance Packet with you and give it to the benefits specialist at the end of the meeting. We encourage you to "keep possession" of the Packet until the end of the meeting in order to focus on your key points.
Topics to Discuss at the Meeting
 Select, in advance of the meeting, the issues below that are most important to you:
 ■Briefly discuss how communication disorders affect people's lives. Use your own personal experiences to describe the impact of communication disorders.

 ■Mention how evaluation and treatment of an employee's or dependent's hearing loss or other communication disorders can improve or enhance employee morale, performance, and productivity. 

■Use statistics to support your argument: 

■Explain that 1 out of 10 Americans have a hearing loss of some kind; nearly 1 in 20 suffer from a speech-language disorder;

 ■A wealth of research shows that speech and hearing services make a difference. Cite the Treatment Efficacy Summaries contained in the Employer Insurance Packet;

 ■An actuarial report shows that a typical employer-sponsored speech and hearing benefit provided by speech-language pathologists and audiologists should cost less than 35 cents per member per month.

 ■An ASHA survey shows that 82% of Fortune 1000 companies cover speech-language pathology and audiology services.

 ■Some employers may ask why children's services should be covered in the company health plan when these services are provided by the public schools. Explain that clinics, hospitals, health departments, and private practices provide speech-language pathology and audiology services beyond what may be available in public schools.

 ■Invite the employer to contact your speech-language pathologist or audiologist to learn more about their services.
 ■Send a thank you note (written or e-mail). Thank him or her for considering the addition of these benefits.

 ■Encourage them to view additional information available on Adding Speech, Language, and Hearing Benefits to Your Policy.

 ■Tell your co-workers about the importance of coverage for these services and ask them to contact the person you met with to support this expansion of coverage.
Get this Checklist in PDF format