Health Care Fund

What is the USACTC, Inc. Health Care Fund Program?

The Health Care Fund program is a refund payable to USACTC members who are listed on the USACTC Breeders Directory.  Limit is three refund vouchers per breeder listing per calendar year.

Purpose of the Program?

The Health Care Fund program will promote structural health testing and encourage genetic health testing, both of which are essential to the future of the breed.  Health testing can make a difference in producing only the best bred Cotons.

How Does It Work?

  1. USACTC started the Health Care Fund January 2013.  Contingent upon Board approval, a budget is set aside to cover projected refunds for the following calendar year.  Private donations are welcome.
  2. Upon approval of a breeder’s directory application, three voucher usages of $25, $25, and $50 will be applied to an approved full-year applicant’s credit, and may be used any time during the calendar year.  Breeders approved for a half-year directory listing will be entitled to receive two vouchers of either $25, $25 or one qualifying for $50 for the six-month period.
  3. A $25 voucher will be issued for any qualifying genetic or structural test; only two may be issued per calendar year.  A $50 voucher will be issued for either a hip or hip/elbow combination test or for a Von Willebrand’s genetic disease test; only one may be issued per calendar year.
  4. A maximum of $100 refund will be issued per full-year breeder directory listing per calendar year.  A maximum of $50 for approved half-year listings per calendar year.
  5. For all co-owned dogs, voucher must specify if the refund will be sent to the owner or co-owner.  Vouchers must be used before the end of December each calendar year. All unused vouchers will be cancelled.

How do I submit a Voucher?

USACTC members who have been approved for the breeders directory listing wishing to participate in this program must fill out a Health Care Fund Voucher Request Form which can also be found on the “Breeders” page of the website.  Request forms must have test certification numbers in order to be processed. Requests must be received by December 31 of any calendar year. 

Vouchers may be used for the tests listed below:

             Structural Testing

Genetic Testing

Patellar Evaluation BNA (Bandera’s Neonatal Ataxia)
Eye Certification DM ( Degenerative Myelopathy)

Cardiac Evaluations

CMR2 (Canine Multifocal Retinopathy)
Radiographs of hips VWDI (Von Willebrands I)

Radiograph of elbows

PH (Primary Hyperoxyluria)
Thyroid Screening HU (Hyperuricosuria)

(revised 1/11/15)


Example:   Health Care Fund Voucher Request Form

Date of Application: __________________________

Must be received prior to December 31 each calendar year
Applicant Name & Address_______________________________________
Applicant’s Coton :_____________________________________________
Please check testing performed
Structural Testing
____Patellar Evaluation – Certification #________
____Eye Certification – Certification #__________
____Cardiac Evaluations – Certification #________
____Radiographs of hips – Certification #________
____Radiographs of elbows – Certification #______
____Thyroid Screening – Certification #_________

Genetic Testing
____BNA – Certification #_________ PH – Certification #__________
____DM – Certification #__________ HU – Certification #__________
____CMR2 – Certification #________ VWD – Certification #_________

Form electronically submitted to COE Chairman, Health Committee, and Treasurer

Official Use Only
# of Test Submitted with Certification numbers _____
# of Vouchers Paid_________
Date Paid:______
Check # ________

(revised 1/11/15)

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