FACT CHECK: Players eligible for health care under COBRA & were offered lifetime health benefit

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wrote on Twitter earlier today about what he called the lack of available health care for NFL players.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about players and health insurance so I want to clear it up,” Jones-Drew wrote. “It’s not that we can’t afford it. The insurance companies won’t take us [because] of all the injuries we have. I’ve been denied twice trying to find an insurance company for my family and I.”

In fact, all NFL players are eligible to continue their current NFL health insurance under the federal law known as COBRA, under which affected employees are entitled to continue their employer-provided health insurance coverage at their own or their union’s expense.

Furthermore, in a letter to players yesterday, Commissioner Roger Goodell detailed a new post-career health benefit the NFL proposed to the NFLPA last Friday.

“For the first time,” Commissioner Goodell wrote, “players and families would be able to purchase continuing coverage in the player medical plan after retirement for life, and could use their health savings account benefit to do so.”

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