NY Trainers Health Insurance Program Increases

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The New York Trainers Health Insurance Program (NYTHIP) has seen rising participation each year since being signed into law in October 2021. Trainers who compete on the New York Racing Association circuit over the course of a calendar year are eligible to enroll in the program for the following year, provided they meet two criteria:

  • Minimum of 43 starts at NYRA tracks (Aqueduct, Belmont & Saratoga)
  • Minimum of 60% of all starts must be at NYRA tracks

Legislation was originally proposed by the New York  Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and its lobbyists in 2020.

In NYTHIP's pilot season, just over 50% of eligible trainers participated in the program. The rate has increased to 64% of those eligible for 2024.

“It's gratifying to see the success of this program,” said NYTHA President Tina Marie Bond. “Our goal is to make certain that every eligible trainer considers this option. Some trainers can secure healthcare through Medicare or through a spouse, but this is a benefit we can offer members who support racing here in New York.”

The program covers the equivalent of a silver-level healthcare plan. Trainers submit their health expenditure receipts monthly and are reimbursed.

Added trainer David Donk, “I'm a husband and father, and health insurance is of utmost importance to me. When you're starting a family or getting to middle age, the savings costs achieved are substantial.”

For more information about NYTHA's Benevolence Programs, visit www.nytha.com/at-work/. For details about NYTHIP, contact Abigail Klima at [email protected].

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