Frequently Asked Questions
Bee Mighty provides funding for medical therapy and equipment to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates.
Bee Mighty was established so that families can focus on each other and concentrate on the development of their child without the added stress of financial ruin. The Bee Mighty Fund is managed by The Novant Health Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3.
How do you qualify for Bee Mighty funds?
Bee Mighty supports children that have spent time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Did my child have to be a micro preemie?
Bee Mighty was originally founded for babies born under two pounds. However, through our journey, we have identified there are many children that need similar resources that were not micropreemies. We have opened our mission to include any child (full term or premature) that spends time in the NICU.
Since the Bee Mighty Fund is managed by the Novant Health Foundation, does (or did) my child have to be patient at Novant’s Hemby Children’s Hospital?
Originally, yes. However, due the outpouring support within our community and the demand from so many children needing additional resources, in 2014 Bee Mighty was able to expand our fund to support other NICUs in the surrounding area. We will also accept children that transferred from other hospitals, as well as those that have since moved to Charlotte, NC and the surrounding area. Our goal is to expand to other metropolitan cities, depending on our capacity and demand.
Are resources available if the patient was born at Carolina’s Medical Center?
Yes. Please submit your application, regardless of where your child was in the NICU.
Will you support applicants from outside of Charlotte, NC?
As of 2016, Bee Mighty has funded over 100 babies in and around Charlotte, NC. We are proud to support our local community and surrounding areas of Charlotte. Our goal is to one day have various chapters throughout North and South Carolina, as well as across the United States to support NICU graduates.
Who do I contact if I am interested in getting involved or starting an area chapter?
Please contact Candace Richter – Candace@beemighty.org
What if my family no longer lives in Charlotte, NC or Mecklenburg County?
At this time, Bee Mighty supports local children within our community that need services.
What type of therapy/equipment is supported?
Traditional and alternative therapy is available through Bee Mighty. Traditional therapy may include: Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy. Alternative therapy may include, but is not limited to: Anat Baniel Method, Hippotherapy, Acupuncture, Hyperbaric Chamber and more. Equipment could include monitors and supportive equipment (strollers, wheelchairs, bath chair, prone sitter, specialized formula, feeding machine, gtube supplies, helmets, etc).
Does Bee Mighty recommend a certain therapy?
Bee Mighty does not recommend specific therapies. We feel strongly that your personal team of doctors, therapists and specialists have the wisdom and tools to make these recommendations. We also know every child responds differently to different therapies. We are always updating our Resource Guide that lists a number of contacts and therapies available in Charlotte. Our goal is to provide the resources to you. It will be up to the individual to research to determine if this is a fit for your child. Please feel free to initiate questions (or direct message us) to get a conversation going via social media to gather feedback within the Bee Mighty community.
Does Bee Mighty endorse the therapy and partners mentioned on its’ Facebook page and website?
While Bee Mighty feels strongly about the integrity of the partners we have selected; we do not consider ourselves experts in therapy. Please use our suggestions, partners, Resource Guide and Bee Mighty Facebook page to investigate what works best for your child.
What should I include about our story?
Please include your child’s birth story and medical journey. This can include diagnosis, medical conditions, surgeries, medical recommendations, etc. Please also include your personal story including sacrifices your family has made, financial struggles, changes in lifestyle, etc. Anything you feel will help paint the picture of the changes and challenges your family is going through since having your baby.
How much financial aid is available per family?
The financial aid available per family will vary depending on the request and availability of funds.
Will Bee Mighty resources cover power bills, hospital parking, gas, rent, etc?
No. Bee Mighty resources are specifically allocated to therapy and equipment that aid in the development of the child. Bee Mighty will only pay bills that have been submitted by therapists, doctors, service providers or equipment companies. You are welcome to submit your application for review to see if any other resources outside of Bee Mighty may be available or visit our resource page for other funds that offer varying support.
How is a child selected for Bee Mighty funding?
Our goal is to support as many children as we can that are in need of therapy and/or equipment. Once an application has been submitted, a case is created by a social worker. Your name, details of your child and personal information are removed. At that time, the application is submitted to the Bee Mighty Advisory Council for an anonymous vote. Depending on the funds available at that time, the application is funded or denied. Please feel free to reapply at any time.
Why do you need to know household income?
While Bee Mighty is primarily focused on the development of the child, we also consider income to ensure our resources are distributed impartially. To maintain within the parameters of The Novant Healthcare Foundation’s 501(c)3 we are bound to specific income specifications.
Is there an income cap?
Income is a consideration, as are expenses, length of NICU stay, diagnosis, private insurance coverage, etc. All are weighed on a case by case basis. Please include your personal story with as much detail as you are comfortable with sharing to help us make our decision.
What additional information is needed?
In addition to your application, please submit a letter from your private insurance provider and/or Medicaid stating the therapy is denied or no longer supported from the provider. Once insurance has been exhausted, you qualify for Bee Mighty funding.
Why does other insurance have to be exhausted?
Bee Mighty was created to help those children that need medical therapy for their development, but have been limited or denied by Medicaid or their private insurance company. Our mission is to help those families pay for therapy that will make a difference in the development of their child.
What documents are supported from Medicaid?
A letter of denial (provided when applying for Medicaid) or letter stating Medicaid or services have been exhausted.
What documents are supported from private insurance?
Your private insurance should have a statement itemizing the therapy allocated within the plan for one year. You can include this statement showing that your resources have been exhausted. You could also have your insurance company provide a letter on their letterhead stating your therapies have been exhausted or are not supported.
Who will see my application?
Due to HIPPA regulations, the Advisory Council, Founders and Volunteers of Bee Mighty will never see your application. A trained social worker receives your application and verifies the information. Once approved, your name, income, address and personal details are removed. Only your story is forwarded to the board for review. Unless you let us know otherwise, your family will remain anonymous. **However, we love the opportunity to highlight success stories. If you are comfortable sharing your story publicly, please acknowledge so in your application and we will contact you if you are selected for payment and share your story with others in similar journey**.
What if I am applying for a therapy my child has not yet received?
Have your provider submit a letter with the approximation of what the services will cost. Include this letter with your application. Once your application has been approved, you will need to then submit the final bill to Bee Mighty for payment.
How is the payment processed?
Once you have been notified that your application has been approved, please submit your bill(s) immediately to Bee Mighty. The payment process can be slow, so we encourage you to request payment as soon as possible to expedite the process.
Is there an age limit for the children that apply?
Bee Mighty is currently funding children 0-18.
Can we apply more than once?
Yes. We will evaluate on a case by case basis, throughout the year.
Who do I contact if I am interested in getting involved with Bee Mighty, volunteering at an event or starting an area chapter?
Please contact Candace Richter – Candace@beemighty.org.
I am willing to share my story and experience with Bee Mighty and how much they have helped our family. Who should I contact?
Who can I contact with additional questions?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704.384.7894 with questions.