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Tue May 7, 2013
Texas House Passes Pilot Program For High School Concussion Insurance
The Texas House has passed a measure that would create a pilot program offering concussion insurance for parents of public high school students in football and girl’s soccer.
Democrat Eddie Lucio of Brownsville says the Texas Education Agency and the UIL, University Interscholastic League would choose participating schools and run the pilot program.
Lucio says the voluntary insurance would cost about $5 and could pay off in the long run.
"The basic insurance program that the public school offers me only covers about $40 worth of my doctor’s visit," Lucio told fellow lawmakers. "Well, if I have a brain injury and I go see a neurologist, that’s going to be a $250 or $300 cost to that family.”
The concussion insurance pilot program must be approved by the conference committee on appropriations. It includes $11,000 per year for administration of the program. Private companies would underwrite the policies.