Union chief: NFL players may lose health coverage in lockout

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith yesterday said that players may not receive health coverage if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is not reached by March, according to a Bloomberg News report.  Smith made the statement at an event for Georgetown University graduate students.

Following is an NFL statement on the issue:

“If we do not reach agreement on a new CBA by March, we will have to make a decision on health care benefits for current players. No decision has been made to this point. The way to avoid this decision is to reach agreement on a new CBA before March. The commissioner and owners have committed to continuing to pay and fund retired player benefits even in the absence of a new agreement by March.”

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