Hillsborough mom makes new bid for school insurance claim after You Paid For It investigation

Monica Jonson paid for mandatory school sports insurance when her son joined the King High School football team two years ago, but it didn’t pay her back when he was injured during off-season practice the following spring.

Now Johnson has fresh hope of recovering some of the $3,500 she says she spent in out-of-pocket expenses. That relief comes after 8 On Your Side helped Johnson discover there was supposed to be another third-party insurance policy in force the day her son Kenney suffered a concussion on the King High practice field. Johnson filed a claim last week with the school district’s safety office.

“We received her claim and have set it to our third-party adjuster,” Hillsborough School District Spokeswoman Tanja Arja said. “So we will be looking into it now.”

Until 8 On Your Side got involved, Johnson didn’t even know there was another policy that was supposed to cover her son’s injury. The policy she paid for as part of her son’s football participation didn’t cover the off-season. However, coaches in Hillsborough are supposed to arrange third-party coverage to fill that gap.

The trouble is the coach in charge two years ago, Trey Thomas, is now gone. No one at King High School can locate the insurance police he was required by the district to have in place. “The principal has continued to look for it; we’ve continued to look for it,” Arja said. “But (we) still have not found that third-party insurance policy.”

Arja insists there is little chance of a similar mix-up happening during this school year. After all of the attention raised by our You Paid For It investigation, Hillsborough coaches have plenty of reason to know the game plan when it comes to insuring their athletes during the off-season. “All of our coaches know the procedures and know the policies,” Arja said.

Meanwhile, Johnson is hoping her latest insurance claim will finally pay off and she can stop worrying about how to make good on her son’s overdue medical bills. “I didn’t know I had to make a stink about it,” Johnson said. “I’m just doing what I need to do as a parent and I make sure I take care of my medical bills.”

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