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Schools Must Offer Insurance for Student Athletes

Updated: Tuesday, August 6 2013, 11:26 AM CDT

Illinois high schools will soon be required to buy health insurance for their athletes. A new state law directs districts to carry the insurance in case of a catastrophic injury.

Starting next year, both public and private high schools will be required to provide student athletes with $3 million in benefits or five years of coverage, whichever comes first.

The insurance would only kick in if the injures cost the athlete more than $50,000 in medical bills.

"It doesn't change anything around here, but certainly any time you can increase safety, and as a district, we can help give some increased safety to families and our staff, I think that's a good thing," Patrick Murphy of the Ball-Chatham School District said.

The insurance would be used for any injuries sustained during an IHSA-sanctioned event.

The association already provides insurance for catastrophic injuries at state tournaments.

The insurance is estimated to cost schools about $5 per student athlete per season.

Story by NewsChannel20.

Schools Must Offer Insurance for Student Athletes


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