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IL Gov signs bill mandating insurance for athletes

   CHICAGO (AP) - A new law says Illinois schools must offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes.

   Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Sunday at Eisenhower High School in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island.

   Rasul "Rocky" Clark played football for Eisenhower until he was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a 2000 game.

   His care was provided through a $5 million insurance policy held by the school district. When that policy hit its limit, he relied on Medicaid and his mother. Clark's story fueled legislation sponsored by state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Democrat from Harvey and former NFL player.

   Under the legislation effective next year, a school's minimum policy will cover $3 million in aggregate benefits or five years of coverage.

 

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