Voucher for YMCA available for young Medicaid members

Published 6:22 pm Saturday, October 16, 2021

North Carolina YMCAs are partnering with UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina, a Medicaid health insurance company, to provide eligible youth age 6 to 18 with a $75 voucher they can use at the Y. The prepaid health plan is providing Medicaid members with this value-added service, in addition to health insurance, to support total health, stated a YMCA press release.

At the YMCA of South Hampton Roads’ three locations in North Carolina – the Albemarle Family YMCA, the Outer Banks Family YMCA and the Currituck Family YMCA – a variety of age-appropriate programs and opportunities are available that the $75 voucher can be used for, such as youth sports, swim lessons and teen programming. If there are additional costs, financial assistance is available so that that all children and teens can benefit from Y programs.

To request a youth voucher, UnitedHealthcare parent or adult members may contact UnitedHealthcare’s member services at 1-800-349-1855 (Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.). Once authorized, UnitedHealthcare members can bring their UnitedHealthcare member ID to the Y to register for their package. The vouchers are non-transferable, are not redeemable for cash and expire a year after date of issue from the insurer. Eligible youth may receive one voucher per year.

“Collaborating with UnitedHealthcare with help improve the health and well-being of young people in communities across North Carolina. Generations of North Carolina families have trusted the Y to nurture, encourage and empower kids to be their best. This partnership gives us the opportunity to engage more youth in programs that help them grow and thrive,” said Anthony Walters, president and CEO for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads.

“We are excited about this partnership with the YMCA that will help our members live healthier lives,” said Anita Bachmann, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of North Carolina. “By partnering with the YMCA in the local community, children and families will have additional access to programs designed to improve their overall health and well-being.”

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