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Union call focused mostly on COBRA

DeMaurice Smith

With players concerned about how the looming lockout will affect health insurance for themselves and their families, the NFL Players’ Association today gave players some information about what they’ll need to do to keep insurance beyond March 4.

A league source tells PFT that today’s conference call was primarily about the federal COBRA law that will give players the ability to keep their insurance by paying their full premiums for up to 18 months.

Two weeks ago the league sent a letter to player agents about COBRA, in an effort to correct what the league called “misinformation,” including “suggestions that wives of players need to induce labor prematurely to give birth before March 4, that children with serious illnesses will lose their insurance coverage overnight, or other equally inaccurate and inflammatory statements.”

Today it was the union’s turn to address the issue directly with the players, or at least however many players were interested enough to make the conference call.

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10 Responses to “Union call focused mostly on COBRA”
  1. richm2256 says: Feb 17, 2011 4:51 PM

    That, right there, is a major indication of the disconnect between the fan base and the players, let alone billionaire owners.

    The average Joe, when he loses his job, is often faced with a choice between paying COBRA to maintain health insurance for their families, and paying a monthly mortgage. For those who have never HAD to pay for COBRA, it can easily run $800 – 1200 PER MONTH.

    NFL hacks can write that check like they’re wiping their butts, but the average fan has to make a choice bewteen one or the other.

  2. hobartbaker says: Feb 17, 2011 5:07 PM

    The union is focussed on COBRA. While the hypnotic music coming from the flute of the Rajah induces a trancelike state.

  3. webehighrollin says: Feb 17, 2011 5:25 PM

    Someone ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for…

  4. webehighrollin says: Feb 17, 2011 5:26 PM

    Someone ask Cromartie if he knows what COBRA stands for…

  5. webehighrollin says: Feb 17, 2011 5:28 PM

    Someone ask Cromartie if knows what Medical Insurance is even for…

  6. chapnastier says: Feb 17, 2011 5:49 PM

    Um if I was as wealthy as some of these players I would pay for my medical expenses with cash. Seriously, what do these clowns waste their money on?

  7. borisbulldog says: Feb 17, 2011 6:21 PM

    Someone ask Cromartie if he knows about contraception?

  8. goodguyjohn says: Feb 17, 2011 7:19 PM

    chapnastier says:
    Feb 17, 2011 5:49 PM
    Um if I was as wealthy as some of these players I would pay for my medical expenses with cash. Seriously, what do these clowns waste their money on?

    Come on man! You know what they waste their money on! 26 inch wheels for da Bentley, $500 bottles of Crystal and really attrocious interior decorating

  9. gbfanforever says: Feb 17, 2011 8:16 PM

    You people do realize not every player is a millionaire, right? In case you forgot, most football players need regular medical treatment and if the teams lock players out, they aren’t getting access to team doctors. A couple trips to the hospital without insurance and suddenly you’re talking about real money.

  10. anthonyfromstatenisland says: Feb 18, 2011 2:29 AM

    Guess it’s all too appropriate that the union is concerned about COBRA, given the snakes that they are …

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