E:60 “Busted Coverage”

This E:60 episode — nominated for a Journalism Sports Emmy® Award — tells the story of high school football injuries.

Rocky Clark was an Illinois high school player who was paralyzed from the neck down in 2000 after a devastating spinal cord injury in an Eisenhower High School football game.

Rocky’s family was told the medical costs would be covered by Eisenhower’s insurance but 10 years later the company said his lifetime maximum had been reached and his coverage for care was ended. Medicaid and limited state resources helped a little, but the quality of his care declined and, in January of 2012, Rocky died.

Rocky’s story is making a difference and Illinois State Senator Napoleon B. Harris III wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again. He is sponsoring a bill, in Rocky’s memory, to require insurance to be in place so in the worst case scenarios, student athletes and their families aren’t left on their own.

2013 NAMIC Vision Award Winner in the Sports category.