TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would require certain health insurers to cover the cost of annual physical examinations for student athletes has cleared the Senate Commerce Committee. The exam would be done to determine if the student is physically fit for student athletic or camp activities, particularly in the area of heart health.
‘The tragedy of sudden death in our young people is simply happening far too often. This is made even worse when we realize it does not have to be this way. The more thorough we screen student athletes, the better the chances of discovering a heart condition before it is too late. This legislation can and will save lives,” said Madden.