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WIAA offers concussion insurance for student athletes

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Posted at 4:04 AM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 12:30:11-04

WISCONSIN -- The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association will soon offer insurance for all of its student athletes who suffer a concussion during a game or practice. 

The WIAA purchased a policy for all of its student athletes providing them with zero out-of-pocket costs should they suffer a concussion. 

The WIAA's Headstrong Concussion Insurance Program would serve as a secondary insurance after the student's insurance is billed. 

The policy costs $1.50 per athlete. 

There are approximately 80,000 student athletes annually in Wisconsin. 

The program will go into effect in August of 2017. 

It covers every student athlete in grades 6 through 12 while taking part in any practice or game sanctioned by the WIAA.

The maximum benefit is $25,000 per injury. 

There is no deductible per claim. 

"We don't want a single student athlete to not be evaluated or treated for a concussion because of the cost," said the former WIAA Board of Control President, Mike Beighley. 

Wisconsin is the fourth state to provide this coverage for all student athletes.