You Know There's a Problem When Not Even NFL Players Can Afford Health Insurance

By Carolyn Beeler / NewsWorks
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 1 | Posted Mar. 24, 2011

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Football fans are worried about what the NFL player lockout might mean for their fall TV lineup.

But the families of players are worried about something else: health insurance premiums the league is no longer paying.

Miki Yaras-Davis, director of the NFL player benefits trust, signed up most of the players for COBRA benefits. The law allows employees who lose their jobs to continue coverage if they pay for it.

She said insurance was a major concern among families during preparations for the lockout.

"We were doing wives' meetings, and we had questions from pregnant wives on whether they should induce labor,” before the lockout started, Yaras-Davis said. “It was startling and shocking."

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1. Anonymous said... on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:02AM

“Oh, I'm crying a River for the multi-million dollar whining babies who can't afford their health insurance but have three diamond studs stuck in each ear worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, an entourage of 5 Cadillac Escalades and a posse close to 25 members. STFU! I couldn't care if these NFL idiots played another game of football in their lives.

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