The NFL players health insurance costs have doubled over the past year, as the league has been forced to cover some of its health care costs.
The league is currently covering about $3.7 million in health insurance premiums for players, according to league spokesperson Greg Aiello.
That includes health care for its concussion protocol, medical expenses for its concussions and medical costs related to player concussions, Aiellos spokesperson told the AP.
The average player health insurance premium is now about $5,000, according a recent study.
That’s up from $3,600 for the average player in January 2016, according the report.
Health care costs for NFL players are covered by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
The agreement covers health care expenses for players who participate in the league and those who aren’t.
The players health care is covered by an insurance company and pays for medical care, such as orthopedic procedures, which includes hip replacement surgeries.
In the past, the league had been reimbursed for some of those costs by the insurance company.
Aiella told the Associated Press the team has been reimbursing the health care company $1.6 million in 2016 for all its health costs, with the remaining money going to the players health plan.
The health care plan covers about 85 percent of health care cost, Aeello said.
A number of players, including cornerback Marcus Peters and safety Tashaun Gipson, are covered under the union’s health insurance.
They will continue to receive their health insurance until the collective bargaining contract expires in 2021, according Aiellan.