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USOC ELITE ATHLETE HEALTH INSURANCE (EAHI)

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Elite Athlete Health Insurance Program (EAHI) provides a level of base support by offering a program of health and major medical insurance for designated Elite Athletes to minimize out-of-pocket medical care expenses.

A.  Number of EAHI slots allocated: 150

B.  Eligibility and Criteria Approved for EAHI:

As of February 1, 2014, EAHI will first be offered to those athletes who are designated as 2014 Tier 1 or Tier 2 athletes according to USA Track and Field’s High Performance Program criteria.

Should there not be sufficient slots for all athletes in Tier 2, they will be offered in descending order of position on the All-Athletics World Ranking List (year-end ranking 2013).

If slots remain after the 2014 Tier 1 and Tier 2 athletes have accepted or declined coverage, they will be offered to those athletes who designated as Tier 3 or Tier 4 athletes according to USATF’s High Performance criteria.

Should there not be sufficient slots for all athletes in Tier 3 or 4, they will be offered in descending order of position on the All-Athletics World Ranking List (year-end ranking 2013).

If slots remain after the 2014 Tier 3 and Tier 4 athletes have accepted or declined coverage, they will be offered to those athletes who place 1st or 2nd in an event at the 2014 U.S. Outdoor Championships, or the 2014 Men’s 50km Race Walk Championships or, for the marathons, the top two men and the top two women athletes, based on their 2013 USA performance ranking in the marathon event (November 30, 2013).  If there are more qualified athletes than slots available, the athlete(s) with the highest World Ranking according to the most recent World Ranking list (All-Athletics.com) will be offered the slot (s).

If there is a tie for these remaining slot(s), the Executive Committee of USATF’s High Performance Division will determine who is offered the insurance based on the criteria detailed below.
If after the above, slots still remain those slots will be awarded by the Executive Committee of USATF‟s High Performance Division based on the below criteria (not in priority order).

  • Outstanding competition results from the 2013/2014 seasons.
  • Recent positive trend of competition results from the 2013 and current 2014 seasons, which provide an indication of potential for Olympic success.
  • Indication of medal potential in future Olympic or World Championship competition (such as international results and rankings).
  • Strength, depth, and competitiveness of the event(s) in the United States.
  • Anticipated ability to recover from injury/illness/maternity, with the expectation that the athlete will return to elite level competition within the current quad.

Should there be any available EAHI slots left after all eligible athletes have either accepted or declined, the remaining slots may be allocated at the discretion of the Chief of Sports Performance, based on his/her potential for future Olympic and World Championship success.

Athletes who have been notified of being qualified for EAHI will have 30 days in which to enroll in EAHI by completing and returning the EAHI enrollment forms provided by the USOC. An athlete will be considered to have declined EAHI if the athlete’s enrollment forms are not completed and returned to the USOC within 30 days of receiving notification from USA Track and Field of their qualification for the program. Using the above criteria, any available slot(s) will be awarded to the next eligible athlete.

Should there be slots available once all eligible athletes have either accepted or declined coverage, those slots will remain unused.

Have a question related to Elite Athlete Health Insurance? Contact USATF’s Sariyu "Beka" Suggs:

Sariyu "Beka" Suggs
High Performance Programs Manager

Phone: 317-713-4689
E-mail: Sariyu.Suggs@usatf.org

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