ALS part of plan to help former players
NEW YORK -- The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to provide financial assistance to former players who have Lou Gehrig's disease.
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The disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord, also called ALS, is being added to the "88 Plan," which was started in 2006 to help ex-players diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. In August, scientists funded in part by the NFL said they found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to a condition that mimics Lou Gehrig's disease.
The plan provides up to $88,000 a year for institutional care and up to $50,000 for home custodial care, plus costs for certain doctor care, medical equipment and medication.
The NFL says the "88 Plan" has awarded $9.7 million to 132 former players.
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