Earlier this year the WIAA announced that every high school student-athlete in Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association member schools will be covered by concussion insurance.
For years, the WIAA has been at the forefront of addressing the concussion issue. Now the organization that oversees high school sports is taking another step regarding one of the biggest concerns in athletics today.
The WIAA purchased a policy for all of its student-athletes, approximately 80,000 annually, providing them with zero out-of-pocket costs should they suffer a concussion. Wisconsin is the fourth state to provide this coverage for all student-athletes. The insurance is the HeadStrong Concussion Insurance Program developed by Dissinger Reed Insurance. The policy costs $1.50 per athlete. It covers every student-athlete in grades 6-12 while participating in any practice or game sanctioned by the WIAA.
“Our partnership with the WIAA supports the Dissinger Reed mission of providing concussion insurance to as many young athletes as possible,” Dissinger Reed CEO Christian Reed said. “We are thrilled the state of Wisconsin shares this goal and look forward to a successful partnership.”
For any claim, the participant’s insurance would first be billed and then the HeadStrong Insurance would act as secondary insurance and assist with unpaid deductibles or co-pays. The maximum benefit is $25,000 per injury, and there is no deductible per claim.
When there is a reported injury for De Pere High School WIAA sport athletes, and the need to file a claim, parents can contact Josh Pierce, Athletics Trainer, Joshua.email@example.com, 920.342.7689 or Jeff Byczek, Athletics Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 920.983.9174 x 1-4012.
The WIAA also has more information as well as the claim form posted on their WIAA HeadStrong Concussion Insurance Page.