WNBA rookies to begin receiving health benefits this week

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FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore, left, shoots against Indiana Fever’s Jazmon Gwathmey during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Moore will sit out a second straight WNBA season in 2020 to continue her push for criminal justice reform. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA rookies will start receiving health benefits this week.

League Commissioner Cathy Engelbert tells The Associated Press that the benefits will begin Friday. Medical benefits usually are offered once training camp starts.

With camps delayed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, first-year players will now be covered.

The commissioner says WNBA veterans, who already receive year-round health benefits, will not have any break in their coverage.

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