CHICAGO, ILL. The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only association comprised of NBA, ABA, and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, today announced a new partnership with SASid, Inc. and BWD Group LLC to provide members a Health Insurance Marketplace online at This new program will allow members and their families to gain access to and save money on health insurance coverages, as the NBRPA continues to uphold its mission to assist former players as they transition into life after basketball.

Health and wellness have been a long-time priority for our members and their families, said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce this new partnership with BWD Group LLC a long-time partner of the NBA and SASid to help former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players find the answers they need in order to secure effective and affordable healthcare in today’s constantly-evolving marketplace.

SASid’s member benefit marketplace is a web-based software solution that helps individuals quote, compare, and apply for health insurance products such as Major Medical Insurance and supplements like Limited Medical Indemnity Insurance online.  This private health insurance marketplace exclusive to NBRPA Members also gives individuals access to other products like Dental, Vision, Hearing and more. The new members-only marketplace will provide NBRPA members the right tools to effectively shop for health insurance and avoid healthcare reform penalties.

In addition to the new members-only healthcare marketplace, the NBRPA’s partnership with SASid will include dedicated customer service professionals available to answer any questions about billing, claims and general product knowledge. This 24-hour service will provide members with expert guidance in order to find the right solution to help or meet individual needs. NBRPA Members may call 877-658-1335 at any time to take advantage of this service.

As an added benefit, NBPRA members who need additional support to evaluate their options will also have direct access to concierge services from BWD Group LLC.  This service may be accessed by calling the same number listed above, as SASid representatives are able to assign callers directly to a representative from BWD for concierge service. Together these products and services will provide NBRPA members the right ingredients for effective and cost-efficient healthcare.

Our Board of Directors is very excited to be able to provide new Health & Wellness benefits for our members, said Steve Hayes, a member of the NBRPA Board and Chairman of the Member Services & Benefits Committee. Healthcare has been a long-time focus area for our committee and we believe the new partnership with BWD and SASid will help provide real answers, guidance, and options to save money in what can be a very confusing space.

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Vice Chairman Otis Birdsong, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past President Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Thurl Bailey, Harvey Catchings, James Donaldson, Johnny Newman, LaRue Martin and Danny Schayes.

About SASid
Smart and Simple insurance development (SASid, Inc.) is a privately held company with a solid reputation for building products and private labeling brands.  Our SASid team enjoys helping people with their insurance needs and consistently providing best-in-class administrative, enrollment, billing and claims customer support.  SASid is strategically looking for long-term partners to grow, learn, and develop with.  Let’s make insurance Simple to understand and Smart to have.

About BWD, Inc.
We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of individualized service. BWD Group LLC provides a comprehensive range of innovative insurance products, risk management services and benefit programs for a diverse and distinguished clientele across the country and around the world.  Known throughout the insurance industry as the worldwide leader in sports and entertainment insurance, BWD Group has also achieved international recognition for its expertise and capabilities in commercial and personal lines, individual and employee benefits, financial planning, consulting, program administration and claims services.


Paul Corliss
Vice President of Communications & Marketing

National Basketball Retired Players Association

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