‘A-plus’ rating for NFL’s health care woes, ratings woes
The NFL is being criticized for a weak “A” rating on its health care policies for its players, a problem that has led to complaints from some insurance companies and prompted lawmakers to push for a public rating system.
The rating for the NFL’s new “C” rating was released Tuesday by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which oversees the rating for most public and private insurance plans in the U.S. The ratings system is based on data collected by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other sources, and is used to assess how insurers’ policies compare with those of other companies.
The NFL rating is also lower than the rating the league issued last year, after a year of criticism that it has a weak, uneven and inconsistent health care system.
A series of controversies surrounding the league’s medical plan also have prompted questions about its ability to manage players’ injuries.
The league is also under fire for not paying medical bills on the players’ behalf, leading to the resignation of the league commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Last month, lawmakers in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania called for a full review of the NFL by the U.
Department of Labor, which has oversight over the insurance industry and is expected to announce a recommendation to the next president in March.”
A-minus” ratings are given when an insurer’s performance in areas of health care quality, affordability and quality are below or equal to that of a “C,” which is given when its performance is greater than that of an “A,” or in a comparable category.
The ratings are not directly tied to the league or any player’s health.
A “C-” rating can be given when insurers’ performance in certain areas of care is equal to, or in line with, the performance of an A rating.
The league has also been criticized for its failure to keep up with changing health care needs, and the ratings have been under fire since the ratings were first issued in 2015.
The rating was a major factor in a lawsuit filed against the league in the wake of the 2016 season, which involved some players not playing for three months due to injury and then receiving an additional two months of practice time.
In 2017, the NFL and the players union agreed to a settlement that provided an extension of the four-game suspension that had been previously imposed in connection with the lawsuit.
In the new ratings, the league said it will provide additional information to insurers on a weekly basis.
Insurance companies will be able to choose how to use the information they receive from the NFL in making their decisions, the company said.
It’s the first time the ratings system has been put to the test, since Congress passed legislation in 2018 that would require the NFL to provide insurers with information about their plans.
It was designed to make insurance companies more accountable to players, and was supported by lawmakers including Republican Sens.
Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine.
Insurers, including the American Medical Association, have long argued that the ratings are overly restrictive, and some insurers have expressed concern about the new system.
In a letter to the NFL this month, the AARP urged the league to “consider the impact of this system on the health and wellbeing of its players and ensure that the rating does not unfairly penalize players or their families.”
Insurers are not expected to be able give insurers more information than they currently do, according to the letter.
The AARP’s letter said insurers may not provide additional data in the ratings.
In a statement, the AFL-CIO said it is “appalled” by the ratings of the new insurance plan.”
The AFL said it plans to continue pressing the league for more information.”
The AFL-PBP will continue to press the league on this issue, especially as it continues to take on these insurance issues.”
The AFL said it plans to continue pressing the league for more information.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.