Hall of Fame Health, the programme set up to assist former NFL players, team employees and their families, has announced partnerships with 12 medical care providers.
It is hoped that the services provided will give former NFL members the chance to receive treatment and insurance plans, which can be difficult to navigate upon the completion of your career.
Hall of Fame Health CEO Jeremy Hogue, estimated that 80 per cent of its former players, thought to be just under 20,000, are not covered by an employer-sponsored medical plan, therefore suggesting that they themselves have to find their own insurance during the national open-enrolment period.
“What guys are just asking for is can’t we do something comprehensive in health care and insurance for them and their spouses and kids,” started Hogue.
“For a lot of those guys, doctors and health care came to them when they were playing, and all of a sudden when they were done — and most of them are done in their late 20s and early 30s — they don’t have that resource anymore. Especially if they move back home from the city where they were playing.
“We’re trying to put some things together with our great partners on a national scale to help get insurance, help get care, and help get them information. Whether someone played 20 years or 20 minutes on a practice squad in training camp, if you touched the game we want to help those guys and their spouses and kids.”
As a result of this, Hall of Fame Health has obtained partnerships with 12 medical providers, including: Andrews Institute, Aultman Health, Baylor Scott & White Health, Emory Healthcare, HCA Houston Healthcare, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, OrthoLoneStar, Tampa General Hospital, UCSF Health, Vanderbilt Health, HonorHealth and Providence Saint John’s Health Center.
“We are fortunate the game of football has a lot of cachet in this country and a lot of people who want to be associated with it.” said Hogue.
“There are a lot of different partners we are speaking with, including some ground-breaking companies doing things around digital health and drug discovery and things we think we can be a part of.”
David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame added: “When we talk about ‘honouring the heroes of the game,’ it’s more than documenting their accomplishments on the field. It’s about caring about them off the field as well and that care is not limited to members of the Hall of Fame; it’s for everyone associated with the great game of football.
“Hall of Fame Health and these network partners will improve quality of life by providing world-class health care to the thousands of men and women who have been associated with the National Football League and its 32 clubs.”
The programme was formally announced earlier this year, having been through two years of planning previously, to provide a long-term plan to help improve the lives of former players and members of staff of the sport.
Author: Jake Wilkin