Article 5788 Benefit
Section 1. Establishment
The current terms of the “88 Plan”, a jointly administered Taft-Hartley multiemployer welfare plan, shall continue in full force and effect, except as amended below, to provide medical benefits as set forth in the “88 Plan” document to former players who are (1) vested due to their Credited Seasons or their total and permanent disability under the Retirement Plan or the Disability Plan, and (2) determined by the governing Board of the 88 Plan (the “88 Board”) to have “dementia,” amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and/or Parkinson’s disease as defined by the parties. The 88 Plan, and any and all future amendments thereto, will be incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement; provided, however, that the terms used in such Plan and the definitions of such terms are applicable only to such Plan, and shall have no applicability to this Agreement unless the context of this Agreement specifically mandates the use of such terms. The Plan Year begins on April 1.
Section 2. Benefits
Effective April 1, 2020, the parties shall amend Section 3.2(a) of the 88 Plan to increase the maximum in-home care benefit to $140,000 per year (increased to $165,000 per year beginning with the 2025 Plan Year) and the institutional care benefit to $160,000 per year (increased to $185,000 per year beginning with the 2025 Plan Year).
Section 3. No Reduction for Parkinson’s Disease
Effective April 1, 2020, the parties shall amend Section 3.2(a) of the 88 Plan to exclude 88 Plan eligible players diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease from the reduction in 88 Plan Benefits for disability benefits such player receives under the Retirement Plan or the Disability Plan.
Section 4. Funding
The NFL Clubs will make advance contributions to the 88 Plan in an amount sufficient to pay benefits and all administrative expenses approved by the 88 Board.
Section 5. Term
This Plan will continue to provide benefits as above after the 2030 League Year and after the expiration of this Agreement, but only to a former player who qualified during the term of this Agreement and who remains qualified.