NEW YORK, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pro Football Retired Players Association announced today that it will now offer a dental plan to its membership of 22,000 former players.
The dental plan, which is administered through the organization's "Greater Good Fund," will include coverage for preventative, basic and major services. The offering of the program is contingent on the Eighth Circuit's approval of the class action settlement between the NFL and retired players that created the Greater Good Fund. MetLife is serving as the insurance partner.
"We are pleased that we will be able to offer this plan to the retired players, to help provide services that are needed by so many," said Hall of Famer Jim Brown, the Chairman of the Board of the organization. "This is the first of many positive steps we expect to provide to our membership."
The Greater Good Fund, which is designed to support health and wellness programs, was established as part of the class action settlement regarding the use of names, likenesses and imagery. A second component of the settlement was the creation of a licensing agency to identify and create opportunities for retired players, as well as provide monetary benefits to the Greater Good Fund. IMG was named to manage the agency, and has been in discussions with potential partners.
About The Pro Football Retired Players Association
On March 18, 2013, the federal court overseeing the Dryer v. NFL case preliminarily approved the historic settlement between retired NFL players and the League. A Court-approved board of retired players was established to oversee the execution of the terms of the settlement on behalf of all pro football retired players. The initial Board is comprised of retired NFL players Jim Brown, Ron Mix, Irv Cross, Dave Robinson, Jack Youngblood, Billy Joe Dupree and Darrell Thompson.
SOURCE Pro Football Retired Players Association