NY Trainers Health Insurance Program Gaining Momentum

Elmont, NY – The ground-breaking 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 (NYRA) 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 (NYTHA) and its lobbyists in 2020, but it took several more sessions for Empire State lawmakers to recognize the advantages of such a program.

In NYTHIP’s pilot season, just over 50 percent of eligible trainers participated in the program. The rate has steadily increased to 64 percent of those eligible for 2024 taking part in the plan.

“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.

“The opportunity to have NYTHIP is much appreciated, and it is a big benefit to trainers in New York who can take advantage of the program,” said 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 nytha.com/at-work/. For details about NYTHIP, contact Abigail Klima at [email protected].

Contact: Marie Kizenko
718.848.5045 // [email protected]

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