Tonya Ratliff’s 15-year-old son Tyler has been living with diabetes for 10 years. Two years ago, doctors told the Owensboro family they’d have to start replacing the insert in Tyler’s diabetes pump more frequently.
“It already was a lot, and that would double it," she said. "So I was like ‘I don’t think I can do that,'."
With three sons, it would be an extra financial burden the Ratliff family. Their doctor told them about a foundation that helps pay for medical expenses not covered by a healthcare plan.
Since 2007, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has given 7,500 grants across the country. In the last three years, 90 of them have been in Kentucky, providing nearly $300,000 for families with children 16 and under. The organization is trying to increase the number of Kentucky families who receive assistance.
“It was a life-changing experience for us, because we literally lived paycheck to paycheck and this was a great burden off of us,” said Ratliff.
The program can cover up to $5,000 dollars in expenses, and each child can receive a maximum of $10,000 over a lifetime.