October 21, 2020
Houston, TX – HCA Houston Healthcare, along with 11 other leading providers of health care around the country, have partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to begin offering medical services to any former NFL player or team employee, and their families, under the banner of Hall of Fame Health.
“This network of world-class health systems, physician groups and provider organizations is committed to helping the Pro Football Hall of Fame serve former football players and their families as they look to navigate and gain access to the very best care,” said Jeremy Hogue, CEO of Hall of Fame Health. “It’s consistent with the hall’s mission ‘to honor the heroes of the game.’ In the community of former football players, there is a need. We’re rising to meet it.”
“We are happy to partner with the Hall of Fame to offer our services to their retirees and families,” said Mujtaba Ali-Khan, D.O., chief medical officer of HCA Houston Healthcare. “The Hall of Fame is dedicated to providing world-class care to the people who have been and are still associated with it, and we are prepared to offer that care.”
Hogue said an estimated 80% of the league’s nearly 20,000 former players are not covered under employer-sponsored medical plans and must shop for insurance coverage each year during the national open enrollment period, which this year begins Nov. 1. This partnership will create access to additional health plans with in-network availability to premier hospitals, physicians and orthopedic centers.
“The founding members, such as HCA Houston Healthcare, are strategically located where there are high concentrations of NFL retirees,” Hogue said. “The goals of all of the participating organizations go beyond care for former athletes. We will assess new technologies and therapies, undertake research and work to advance care in ways that can be extended to our communities and create meaningful health benefits for everyone.”
Hall of Fame Health and its network partners will provide a variety of services, some designed to fill gaps in existing coverage for patients, along with concierge services to help patients navigate the often-challenging landscape of health care. Offerings will complement services the NFL provides in the 30 cities where franchises are located.
“When we talk about ‘honoring the heroes of the game,’ it’s more than documenting their accomplishments on the field. It’s about caring about them off the field as well,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “That care is not limited to members of the Hall of Fame; it’s for everyone associated with the great game of football. Hall of Fame Health and network partners like HCA Houston Healthcare will improve quality of life by providing world-class health care to the thousands of men and women who have been associated with the National Football League and its 32 clubs.”