Pet Insurance

We're animal lovers too, and we feel the same way that you do. Our pets are not just pets; they are part of the family. That is why the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation has endorsed the Pet Insurance program from Nationwide® since 2012 to offer a variety of coverage options for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets.

Pets of any age are eligible for coverage through the Nationwide pet insurance program. Nationwide's medical plans provide benefits for accidents and illnesses, ranging from ear infections to cancer. Optional Pet Wellness plans provide benefits for preventive care such as routine exams, vaccinations and blood work.

NYSUT members receive preferred group pricing on the base medical plan and up to a 10% discount* if multiple pets in a household are enrolled
. Payment options include direct bill through your checking account or credit card.

As an additional benefit to NYSUT members with pets enrolled in the Nationwide pet insurance program, you will receive access to the Vet Helpline at no charge. This $150 value offers live veterinary guidance about your pet's health for everything from general questions to identifying urgent care needs.

2 Easy Ways to Learn More:

1. Call a dedicated Nationwide phone number for NYSUT members toll-free at 866-838-3461, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST)

Visit Nationwide's pet insurance website.

Nationwide offers an easy, three-step claim submission process with a prompt turnaround for the majority of reimbursements:

1. Simply pay for your pet's medical treatment at the time of service.
2. Send the one-page claim form along with your receipts to Nationwide, or submit through the VitusVet App.
3. After meeting your policy's deductible, your eligible expenses will be reimbursed.

*Rate discounts apply to the base medical plan only and are calculated as follows: In addition to preferred group pricing, pet owners will receive an additional 5% discount on each policy for insuring two to three pets, or an additional 10% discount on each policy for insuring four or more pets.

Pet Insurance from Nationwide is a NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation (Member Benefits)-endorsed program. Member Benefits has an endorsement arrangement of 5% of net base premium for this program. All such payments to Member Benefits are used solely to defray the costs of administering its various programs and, where appropriate, to enhance them. Member Benefits acts as your advocate; please contact Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 if you experience a problem with any endorsed program.