NFL, union will contribute to retiree premiums

Updated: December 9, 2008, 11:23 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NFL and its union will pay a combined $100 a month toward the Medicare costs of retired players under a new plan announced Tuesday.

The program begins Jan. 1 for ex-players over 65 who are vested in the league's pension plan. The money will go to the monthly premium of the player's coverage.

"We are pleased that we can offer this benefit, as well as other recent improvements to the health and disability benefits provided for retired players," Richard Berthelsen, ...

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