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NFL will pay long-term care insurance premiums for alumni

The NFL signed an agreement to pay premiums for long-term care insurance for retired players, NFL Alumni announced on its website Wednesday.

The agreement, with Transamerica Life Insurance Company, will pay the entire premium for a pre-determined set of benefits for eligible retirees. Transamerica also will offer retirees' spouses the opportunity to purchase a similar policy.

"I'm excited that after years of neglect, the NFL has responded by instituting a well-deserved benefit for retired players," NFL Alumni executive director and president George Martin said. "However, this is only a small fraction of the solutions needed to address retired player issues. I am grateful the NFL made this gesture, yet disappointed the NFLPA was not a part of this agreement."

A group of retired players began petitioning the NFL and the NFL Players Association in October for long-term care benefits, a component of NFL Alumni's Campaign 2011. Martin and other alumni, including Mike Ditka and Mike Haynes, instituted a letter campaign, visits to Congress and public awareness in support of long-term health insurance benefits.

Martin said NFL Alumni will continue to focus its efforts on improving the pension system and reforming aspects of the NFL Disability Plan.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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