Mawae worries some players can’t afford health insurance

Since the lockout started, NFL teams no longer provide health insurance for their players. The players can continue buying into the insurance plan at their own expense, but the NFLPA* is concerned that not every player can afford it.

That’s what NFLPA* President Kevin Mawae called the “biggest concern right now” in an interview with the Associated Press.

Health care in America isn’t cheap, and the NFLPA* says the average monthly fee for a family policy is $2,400. But considering that the league minimum salary is $320,000, and considering that everyone has expected for a long time that a lockout was coming, it’s hard to see why every player wouldn’t have enough money saved up to pay for COBRA.

But Mawae said he’s particularly concerned about “some young players who . . . may not have the ability to pay COBRA over a long term.”

“Is it a ton of players? No,” Mawae added. “But is it concern enough for us? Absolutely.”

From Mawae’s perspective it’s understandable that a few players are in a bad position with respect to their health care.

“We have 1,900 active players, give or take, and you’re always going to have guys who either don’t know all the issues or don’t buy in or really [don’t] care,” Mawae said. “But the majority of the players understand what the issues are, and they understand that whatever happens, it’s going to intimately affect them, their livelihood and their families.”

58 responses to “Mawae worries some players can’t afford health insurance

  1. He’s just not worried enough to actually negotiate instead wait for the court cases to run their course. And you know what, many Americans who’s minimum salary in $7.25 an hour find a way to do it, so don’t try to jerk a few tears for your guys please.

  2. Please SHUT UP!!!

    $320k is the league minimum and they can’t afford 4 months of COBRA? Again SHUT UP. All this while you fight over billions $$$$ that come from people that don’t have health insurance because they truly cant afford it. You know, because they make $40k a year and their job doesn’t offer it.

    These guys are so out of touch with reality.

  3. If there was a union, the union could provide benefits during a lockout. But there isn’t, which is why the lockout happened.

  4. You just really need to shut up. If these precious NFL players can’t afford health insurance, have them call up the Socialists Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and cry to them. If you are too stupid to save from a salary that puts you in the top 5% of salaries in this country, then too bad.

    Personally, I’m tired of listening to your “woa is me” and the NFL is like slavery crap. I’m sure everyone reading this would give their left nut to be an NFL player and make the league minimum.

    You want struggle? Look at Japan. These people work hard, take care of their families and have nothing but the threat of dying from a nuclear meltdown facing them.

    So, Mr. Mawae and Mr. Smith, just shut up already and be thankful for what you have.

  5. This is downright laughable. My mom is unable to work for health reasons and my father was recently laid off. He was making between 70-80k a year at his job. Yet he was still able to afford health insurance and make it work for him and my mother. It may not have been the easiest thing to do but they still managed.

    Now please tell me why I should feel compassion for anyone making over $300k a year.

  6. “We have 1,900 active players, give or take, and you’re always going to have guys who either don’t know all the issues or don’t buy in or really [don’t] care”

    If a guy doesn’t “buy in” or “really care” about his own health insurance, why should anyone else? I’m supposed to feel sorry for a guy making six figures and chose not to get health coverage for a few months of a lockout?

  7. Now you have officially lost any support I may have had for the players…

    Welcome to the real world numnuts……..It’s a tough world out there….

    Eff me and you….you got to be kidding me…..trying to get public sympathy with a ‘health care’ crocodile tear remark……get lost you twit…….

    You have approx $4.5 BILLION on the table just waiting to be handed to you………you have plenty of MULTI-MILLIONAIRE players who can start a fund for those in need as an act of solidarity…..

    Stop me please……..this is making me crazed……….

  8. I’m good with Mawae looking out for some younger guys, perhaps he can float them a loan.

    By the way, younger players. You don’t HAVE to get COBRA. You can get brand new independent insurance for the family cheaper than that.

    I have no sympathy for a guy who nets 3x what my family grosses. And I especially have no sympathy when they do ridiculous things with their money like pay $2500/month for family health insurance.

  9. Neither side can win in the court of public opinion with their statements…and the players actually keep hurting themselves with their comments.

    Slavery, healthcare…next thing they will want sympathy because they can’t afford to have their Mercedes washed and waxed every week.

  10. In Wisconsin, my company of 19 poeple pays in total $4,000 per YEAR for single coverage and $11,000 per YEAR for family coverage. Great insurance with some $20 copays and $2 million lifetime limit.

    NFL and NFLPA shut out and finish your business deal!!!!

  11. Maybe they should stop buying big rims, Escalades and Range Rovers, and big girlish diamond earings and buy some dang insurance.

  12. They can always go look for a real job, that pays something in the neighborhood of a real salary, instead of the millions they’ve apparently blown from their NFL contracts.

  13. well then this is were the players really should unite…. the superstars should help out their brethern by helping out the guys who dont make the super paychecks. lets see who is willing to step up.

  14. Well Kevin, maybe you guys shouldn’t have left the bargaining table.

    There’s that Player’s Union looking out their members again. /s

    There is no sympathy to be had when it’s your own damn fault.

  15. I’m disabled and I can’t get medicare yet but my wife has insurance on the family for a whole lot less than $2400.00 dollars a month. And I’m facing another operation and I’m not complaining about insurance. And the players are complaining about paying for their insurance and they make millions it’s just unreal that they playing this card it makes me laugh I told my wife about it and she laugh too. I’m in total support of the owners and after this last statement from players president and the one from AP about the modern day slavery make us laugh I have lost alot of respect for him and alot of players because the are acting like they have the right to see the books are they partners with the owners do they share the bills that the owners have to pay. I think they need to shut up and play ball.

  16. I’ve been refraining from commenting on labor issues, for the most part, since the federal mediation started. I wanted to see how the situation played out, without really taking sides in this epic pissing contest. To continue to read the statements the “trade association” known as the NFLPA, or certain members, keeps putting out really shows how out of touch reality some, or all, of their members are. 42,000 individuals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania just lost their health insurances because an Adult low-income health insurance policy was dropped due to budgetary constraints (not that I’m a proponent of the policy, but just to use as a point of comparison). And, Mr. Mawae vents how some players making, on average, $320K won’t be able to keep their policies? Please, NFLPA, just be quiet with your quasi-problems. The trade assoiciation is making it difficult to not side with owners.

  17. LOL all these Union haters, dumb Americans I swear. Since Reagan broke the Air-traffic Controller Union companies have had record profits, but American workers have seen wages fall. That’s trickle down for you, the rich get richer and white males keep on voting for it (as I guess the majority of these posters are).

    If you want to go back to the good old days go ask the Irish how laissez-faire (i.e. pure capitalist system) worked out during the potato famine. Ask them how an all private donation system worked out I mean only roughly a million people died.

    Please shut-up, I understand Republicans want to kill Unions and American workers so their foreign company masters can turn us into share croppers, but at least leave it outside of football!!!

    The owners want the players to take less money, but they sure aren’t going to pay me back the tax money I paid to build Lucas Oil stadium or the RCA dome I’m still paying for. I have a deal, the players take less money and the NFL agrees to pay for all new stadiums privately.

  18. I wish someone would pay me the league minimum. Stop complaining and go back to work. Poor babies can’t afford insurance. Maybe they will have to cut back on other necessities in life. Less bling, less luxury cars, etc.

  19. Don’t these players have charge cards? I mean, I’m not for charging everything, but you might as well until you get back to work and start getting paid… I would anyway.

  20. This makes me want to punch Kevin Mawae in the face. He would undoubtedly proceed to beat my ass but still.

  21. Just make sure both sides take care of the bench warmers!! They work just as hard as the elite players!!!!

  22. “We’re not that stupid”…..We just forgot to set aside money for our COBRA payments.

  23. Time for DeMaurice (Lil’ Napoleon) Smith to realize he has overextended his power base.

    …or have the former (dis)organization known as the NFLPA provide insurance or no interest loans to the very guys he claims to be protecting their best interests – yet they can’t afford to pay insurance. EPIC FAIL!

  24. Kave Krew, hendersonshane, donterrelli, and dldove77:

    All you guys seem really pissed. I get it. But I have a serious question: as pissed as you are and resentful of these issues, do you guys actually LIKE football?

    It just seems like this site serves as a place for fans to gripe about how much they hate football players and everything they do.

    Its not just on the topic of the lockout, but almost every issue. It’s like most guys who come here just HATE football players.

    What do you guys think?

  25. I am self employed, I have an Anthem Policy. They can shop around they dont have to use the Cobra policy. They can find better deals, they just have to try. Its stupid to write an article about Health insurance over and over when they can shop for it wherever they want. NFLPA dont forget put all the facts out there, instead of spinning the issue so much.

  26. Or if certain players are married and their spouse works they could just transfer coverage to there spouses insurance, no big deal.

  27. Imagine that, you have current players worried about their health care coverage. Then imagine how the retired players who are pillars in the NFL community, who greatly helped contribute to make the NFL what it is today-how they must feel with the lousy health care coverage and lousy pension they receive-most people don’t know…..it ain’t much!

  28. BALONY BULL !! There are tens of thousands of famlies out there trying to live on 35000 a year and still buying there own health insurance , and we are suppose to feel sorry for NFL players,whose miniimum wage is ten times what many famlies are earning ? Get real and come back down to earth and live with most of the rest of the population !! 3000 people per week are losing their health insurance…Join the crowd !!

  29. @ closisgood, who says:

    Pro. athletes are basically cartoon characters
    ——————
    That’s an interesting point. Do you like sports because of that, or in spite of that?

  30. I really have a lot of sympathy for the players, I mean who saw this coming. No one would have guess a lock out was going to happen. If they would have had noticed they could have set even 1 game check aside to cover the cost. Maybe some of the guys that only make 300K can borrow some money for they guys who make millions.

  31. I once had a conversation with 3 NBA players in the steam room at my health club.

    They were talking about a financial decision, and I explained some basic things they could do to make the decision a no brainer. It was all logic, math, and law.

    There was no rocket science or shady tax stuff involved. It was literally a no brainer.

    Finally, after 10 minutes of back and forth, the man with the decision didn’t really understand what I was saying. His statement to try to end the conversation was priceless.

    “No no no. This is N B A money I’m talking about. The math is different. I’m not talking doctor or lawyer money. It’s N B A money.”

    riiiiggghhhhttttt.

    I suspect some NFL players have the same mindset.

    I still say all these locked out players should form their own league. Put their money on the line and try to compete with the NFL. If they succeed they won’t have to split the revenue with anyone…. until they are too old to play and have to pay younger players.

  32. Well, maybe the NFLPA should take that into consideration instead of trying to press forward with little regard to the player’s needs. These players do not deserve insurance if they are not going to agree to work. I find it odd that players don’t want to abide by the rules or agreements set forth by the owners, but still want the benefits. If I don’t show up to work or agree to the job demands, then I most certainly do not deserve to be paid or receive benefits. Silly players.

  33. Single parents work three jobs to make it work and have insurance. Nothing is stopping these players from going out and getting a job with insurance and benefits in the meantime. On a side note… perhaps D. Smith should realize that just because he has a steady income and benefits coming in doesn’t mean the players do.

  34. @ dvnelson72 who says:

    I once had a conversation with 3 NBA players in the steam room at my health club.
    They were talking about a financial decision, and I explained some basic things they could do to make the decision a no brainer. It was all logic, math, and law.
    There was no rocket science or shady tax stuff involved. It was literally a no brainer.
    Finally, after 10 minutes of back and forth, the man with the decision didn’t really understand what I was saying. His statement to try to end the conversation was priceless.
    “No no no. This is N B A money I’m talking about. The math is different. I’m not talking doctor or lawyer money. It’s N B A money.”
    riiiiggghhhhttttt.
    I suspect some NFL players have the same mindset…
    ———————–
    Okay, I get that you need to paint these guys as stupid. But what was this NBA player saying to you?

    Was he saying that his salary—unlike a doctor’s or a lawyer’s was only going to be paid him for a short period of time and not his entire adult life?

    What do you think he was trying to say?

  35. $2400 a month for health insurance? I think it’s time for the NFL to look for a new provider as they are getting majorly ripped off. Hey players, there are plenty of cheaper plans out there to cover yourself. You don’t need the gold dipped, diamond encrusted medical insurance card NFL COBRA plan to get good coverage for your family.

    The problem is most of these players aren’t smart enough to even figure out how to sign up for an insurance plan as they’ve probably never done any sort of real world activities due to their coddled existence since they were tearing up pop warner and agents became their new uncles..

  36. Wow I am all tore up over this
    $250,000 is the least they are making take away $125,000 for taxes and agents still leaves you with $125,000 where did that money go

    Normally doesn’t a union cover its members during a work stopage?
    I just do not get it are we the working man ment to side with the over paid diva’s health ins needs

    Maybe Dsmith can call his buddy obama and get them all some of that opbama care

    Maybe the players need to open there books and let all the fans see what ass clowns you really are.

  37. blspears says: Mar 18, 2011 9:44 AM

    I am self employed, I have an Anthem Policy. They can shop around they dont have to use the Cobra policy. They can find better deals, they just have to try. Its stupid to write an article about Health insurance over and over when they can shop for it wherever they want. NFLPA dont forget put all the facts out there, instead of spinning the issue so much.
    —————————————————–

    That would take using their BRAINS, but with the NFLPA* spoon feeding them they have no concept on how to actually use their BRAINS to google insurance on the internet.

  38. As can be seen from the comments, this is EXACTLY the type of thing that MDS was talking about in his story about Heath Evans calling Adrian Peterson an idiot. The players, and the players union, need to be a lot smarter about managing their image if they want to hold out any hope of having the sympathy of the fans.

    Many of us can’t afford healthcare for our families too, but it’s not because we’re spending our nights at strip clubs buying thousands of dollars of champagne, “making it rain,” or any of the other irresponsible behavior (financial and otherwise) that is often reported about the lifestyles of professional football players.

    If I was making anywhere close to $320,000 a year, you can be damn sure my family would have healthcare!

  39. @11inthebox

    Thanks for reading my posts…..

    I love football. I love everything about it. I love watching it on tv. Love being at the stadium. Love listening to sports talk about it. Love talking to the guys and gals about it. I love the sights, sounds, smell.

    I love PFT because of people like you. This has to be the most fun and intelligent group on the sports Internet. Ever try the baseball sites – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    You can talk serious…you can try to be funny….you can be angry…..you can poke fun at other teams and their fans….you can poke fun at your own team and yourself….and nobody gets too personal nor too radical.

    You can applaud the writers….you can poke fun at them…..and they don’t get crazy personal about it. They too poke fun at themselves and the other writers.

    Your post is a great example of this – you challenged us but in an intelligent non-personal way.

    I love the humor on this sight – some real funny stuff. I think there are some great thinkers out there- I learn from them. I also learn how to formulate my thoughts and write about them from the writers and posters.

    Like they say, opinions are like a&@ h&$l$s, everyone’s got one…….mine I guess slant towards the edge – but being nicey nice about things gets boring real fast……

  40. kevin u dont have a job. but u played for almost 20 years. help the players out. buy their insurance.

  41. wvuandsteelers, do you actually know what the word socialist means? Or did you just regurgitate something you heard on Fox news? Requiring people who are not already insured to buy health insurance from a private, for profit company is about as far from socialism as you can get. Try reading more.

  42. And if we had a public option like EVERY OTHER CIVILIZED country in the world, no one would be worrying, would they? Fact is, I’d much rather pay an extra $50 a month in taxes than $700 to a greedy insurance company.

  43. @11inthebox……just got thru reading many of your posts…….

    I guess can ask you the same question…..do you even like football or do you just like to twist the words of others so to challenge certain perceived slights?

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