Tony Davis Has More Questions
I want to make sure I read this correctly so I am posting it for all to read. The first statement is from the NFLPA announcing their changes in the eligibility requirements in application for Disability for those already drawing Disability from the Social Security Administration. Please read carefully (my emphasis).
“Players who have received a total and permanent disability determination from Social Security will not need to separately establish disability under the NFL plan. Players who were denied benefits under the NFL plan but have subsequently been found disabled by Social Security may have their NFL cases RECONSIDERED.”
Note the above did say Reconsidered.
Now we go to the recently-released Congressional CRS Report and here is their enterpretation on the exact same issue. Read carefully and see if you read what I read (my emphasis again):
“Furthermore, the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed that any eligible former player who is receiving Social Security disability benefits will be GRANTED DISABILITY BENEFITS AUTOMATICALLY and WILL NOT have to be examined by a retirement plan doctor.”
So for those of you who are receiving SS disability now, it says that you will AUTOMATICALLY get the NFL Disability without the examination of the Retirement plan doctor.
The CRS Report then makes this statement in the next paragraph:
“Conducting a program evaluation of the T&P disability benefit plan, which would include an examination of the outcomes and unintended consequences, if any, of these changes could aid in establishing and maintaining an efficient, effective and responsive disability plan and application process. Sharing the results of the study with all interested parties, including, for example, the NFL, NFLPA, former players and active players, could promote transparency and accountability.”