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NFL retirees' long-term health insurance to be paid by league

Posted On Sun, February 6, 2011

Retired NFL players feeling the adverse health effects after putting their bodies through years of abuse on the gridiron finally have a long-term health insurance provider.

According to the NFL, TransAmerica Life Insurance has reached an agreement with NFL Alumni that would give long term health coverage to retired players. Their spouses would be able to purchase a similar policy. The terms of the agreement have the NFL Management Council paying former players' premiums for benefits pre-determined by the league.

"I'm excited that after years of neglect, the NFL has responded by instituting a well-deserved benefit for retired players," said George Martin, executive director and president of NFL Alumni. "However, this is only a small fraction of the solutions needed to address retired player issues."

NFL retirees lacking effective health and life insurance policies is an issue that's received heightened attention in recent years, as a number of studies have shown the rapid deterioration in players' health, particularly those who sustained concussions. A 2009 study funded by the NFL found the rate of Alzheimer's disease among former players was 19 times higher than the average male between 30 and 49 years old. 

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