WIAA offers concussion insurance for student athletes

Posted at 4:04 AM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-29 17:07:59-04

WISCONSIN -- The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association will soon offer insurance for all of its student athletes who suffer a concussion during a game or practice. 

The WIAA purchased a policy for all of its student athletes providing them with zero out-of-pocket costs should they suffer a concussion. 

The WIAA's Headstrong Concussion Insurance Program would serve as a secondary insurance after the student's insurance is billed. 

The policy costs $1.50 per athlete. It covers every student athlete in grades 6 through 12 while taking part in any practice or game sanctioned by the WIAA. The program will go into effect in August of 2017. 

The maximum benefit is $25,000 per injury. There is no deductible per claim. 

"We don't want a single student athlete to not be evaluated or treated for a concussion because of the cost," said the former WIAA Board of Control President, Mike Beighley. 

Wisconsin is the fourth state to provide this coverage for all student athletes. There are approximately 80,000 student athletes annually in Wisconsin. 

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