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ERIC Number: ED448534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Interscholastic Athletics: School Districts Provide Some Assistance to Uninsured Student Athletes. Report to Senator Barbara Boxer.
Shaul, Marnie S.
In 1998, an estimated 3.4 million uninsured children were of high school age. Among highly populated states, there were wide differences in the percentage of these uninsured children, ranging from 28 percent in Texas to 6 percent in Massachusetts. Ten states and the District of Columbia require high school students to have health insurance before joining a school's athletic program; the other 40 states leave this decision to the discretion of local school districts. This report reviews 18 school districts, 16 of which provided free catastrophic athletic accident insurance to all student athletes regardless of their insurance status. All reviewed school districts adopted strategies to provide access to low-cost athletic accident insurance. Also, private organizations, for example hospitals and clinics, assisted local school districts by offering free medical services to student athletes for sports-related injuries and other services--for example, pre-preparation physicals or injury evaluations. Appendices include an example of a letter to parents regarding athletic insurance, an illustration of a supplemental accident insurance policy offered to student athletes, and related GAO products about health care and insurance. (Contains 16 references.) (DFR)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A